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Even great like Guardiola has to adjust to Premier League - Dyche

Even great like Guardiola has to adjust to Premier League - Dyche
By PA Sport

01/01/2017 at 14:02Updated 01/01/2017 at 14:07

Pep Guardiola may have won an array of trophies in two other European countries, but Burnley boss Sean Dyche believes his Manchester City counterpart is on a learning curve in England.

Guardiola lifted 21 trophies across seven seasons with Barcelona and Bayern Munich before bidding to emulate his success on these shores when he joined City this campaign.

Those levels of dominance he experienced in Spain and Germany have not been transferred to City so far and they begin 2017 with a home clash against Burnley 10 points adrift of leaders Chelsea at the Premier League's halfway point.

Clarets manager Dyche spoke with Guardiola at Turf Moor after City's 2-1 win in November and revealed he felt the 45-year-old was experiencing something of a reality check in English football.

"I only saw him briefly after our game and shared a couple of minutes with him, and I think a man of his footballing intelligence will be working out the reality of the Premier League," Dyche said.

"It's not easy to work that out over one game, he'll be learning all the time. He did say to me it's different, compared to Spain and Germany, and this idea of working on second balls, rather than just building play.

"I'm sure him and his staff will be looking at that and how to add that to their game. They're still a fine group of players with a top-class manager, whichever way you look at it. It still makes for a good mix."

A trip to the Etihad Stadium will hold little fear for most of Dyche's squad, given they emerged from there two years ago with a point having battled back from 2-0 down at the interval against a team on a nine-game winning run.

The Clarets have only taken one point from eight games on their travels this year, though Dyche does not expect his team to be daunted by the prospect of taking on Guardiola's side away from home.

"There's a massive gulf between us and them, but it is the marvel of football," he added.

"We're here to take on these challenges and mostly we do take them on. If that gets us something, fantastic, if it doesn't, I don't think anyone will bat an eyelid. It's one for us to go there with freedom to take it on, and a big challenge.

"There was a good mentality to our performance second half two years ago, first half they were super strong and we gave a very strong second-half performance and upset a few coupons."