Sean Dyche is equally upbeat, though that doesn’t stop him firing another shot across his board’s bows. “All managers have a challenge, whatever club they’re at. It’s been challenging in some ways, but also very rewarding, not just for me but the staff, the players and the town. So we will work hard to keep that going. I think it is [one of the toughest times]. Since the lockdown there has been a lot of noise off the pitch, a lot of noise about what we can do on the pitch in terms of recruitment and finance. But the players are still working hard, we’ve never been short of the work ethic. We just have to tidy up the details and get back to winning ways. I thought we were getting there against West Brom, and it’s a big ask against a side like Tottenham but we’ve delivered before against them. The performance is the key for me. We have to work well in both boxes. We’re going to have to do that again tonight because they’re a good side.”
Jose Mourinho, in an easy-going mood, speaks to Sky Sports, and reflects on the draw Spurs scrambled at Turf Moor back in March. “That match was the worst period for us. Two days after, we had to play in Leipzig. We did not have attacking players. We lost here our last attacking player, with Bergwijn injured, so that moment was really difficult. Now we have more players, better players, more time to work, a different style of play. But one thing doesn’t change: this stadium here, against Burnley, is always difficult.” He goes on to praise assist-machine Harry Kane as a footballer and not just a goalscorer, while enjoying a good-natured giggle with the interviewer as the Lancastrian rain hammers down on their noggins. Feelgood factor: ten out of ten.
Burnley make one change from the goalless draw at West Brom. Matt Lowton comes in at right-back in place of the injured Erik Pieters.
Spurs make four changes to the XI who went three up against West Ham, let’s accentuate the positives about that one. Matt Doherty, Eric Dier and Ben Davies replace Serge Aurier, Davison Sanchez and Sergio Reguilon in defence, while up front Lucas Moura comes in for Steven Bergwijn.
Burnley: Pope, Lowton, Long, Tarkowski, Taylor, Gudmundsson, Westwood, Brownhill, McNeil, Barnes, Wood.
Subs: Brady, Peacock-Farrell, Stephens, Rodriguez, Vydra, Dunne, Benson.
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Doherty, Alderweireld, Dier, Davies, Sissoko, Hojbjerg, Lucas Moura, Ndombele, Son, Kane.
Subs: Reguilon, Bale, Lamela, Hart, Rodon, Lo Celso, Vinicius.
Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland).
Welcome to the rematch of the 1962 FA Cup final, as all the pop kids are framing it. Burnley were in the box seat to land the league and cup double that year, but misplaced their mojo, allowing Ipswich Town and Spurs to make off with the spoils instead. Can Sean Dyche’s men avenge the 3-1 Wembley defeat of Harry Potts’ side, er, sort of, by notching their first win of the 2020-21 league season? Or will Spurs pile on more misery as they look to bounce back from that collapse against West Ham? We’ll find out soon enough. It’s on!
Kick off: 8pm.
at 2.19pm EDT