Burnley man in stern warning to Chelsea about fearing Clarets clash

Dwight McNel, Jay Rodriguez Burnley

Dwight McNeil insists Burnley have nothing to fear as they travel to Chelsea on Sunday in buoyant mood after recording three wins on the bounce.

The Clarets will start as underdogs at Stamford Bridge against a home side still adjusting to new manager Thomas Tuchel.

But Sean Dyche’s side began their current run with victory over Liverpool at Anfield. What’s more, they won at Arsenal last month, so will be full of belief about upsetting the odds again.

“We’re on 22 points and going along nicely. We’re heading in the right direction,” McNeil said on the club’s website.

“You’ve got to be careful of what’s behind you but we’re always looking up because we want to move forward as a team.

“We know it will be a hard game. They’ve got a new manager and it will be like a fresh start for them, especially going into the second half of the season.

“But we’ve got to focus on ourselves. We’ve won at hard grounds before, so we’ve got that confidence going into it.”

Tuchel took charge of his first Chelsea game in Wednesday’s goalless draw with Wolves.

Thomas Tuchel press pic via YouTube

While that game came only a day after his appointment, the German incorporated some tactical tweaks.

However, Burnley will face something of an unknown as Chelsea adjust to some new methods.

McNeil looking forward to new test

“We know it’s a different test for us, especially with a new manager, but we are looking forward to it,” McNeil added.

“We’ve got to look at our strengths and how we can exploit them and think about us because we’re going into the game off three wins in all competitions, so we’ve got all the confidence there within the group.

“You never know what could happen again on Sunday because it’s been a strange season.”

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