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Premier League: Kompany, Guardiola’s disciple sweeping Burnley: ‘I don’t just like tiki-taka’


At Turf Moor, they are not very fond of changes. For a decade (2012-2022), Sean Daichy has been the manager of a Burnley club that has gone up and down, been promoted back to the First Division as they were reunited, and even made it into the Europa League. “The club has a different model. The board has believed in me beyond what happens on the field to continue building a better project now than it was five years ago. In the team and out they are with me, but the main thing is that we are all fighting for the same goals,” He pointed to Mark A coach who was fired in April 2022 when relegation to the championship was inevitable.

The Clarets, direct soccer champions in the Premier League, having the least possession (39.09%) and assists (12,322) last season, leading the standings for long balls (2,619), needed to vent after dropping to second place. . A radical change they made by entrusting their draft to Vincent Kompany who had an erratic pace in his first foray into the bench at Anderlecht (2020-22). “Daichi has been there for a long time and the team has always been tough and has a natural aggression. It’s a very important value that I wanted to carry on. Shaun is helping us a lot in this transfer,” he told Sky Sports.

I like possession with effect, not just “tiki-taka”. Also mobility and negatives to free up footballers and play between the lines or deep

Vincent Kompany, Burnley manager

Burnley kept a bit of its essence, but modified its football, taking it to the antipodes of what had previously been seen in the small town of 73,000 in Lancashire. “MHe likes possession with effect, not just “tiki-taka”. Also mobility and negatives to free up footballers and play between the lines or deepHe confessed to Rio Ferdinand in the “Five Podcast”. Dominant, creative and attacking football backs up his numbers: Burnley is the highest goalscorer (53 goals) in the English Second Division as well as the second team with the highest possession rate (62.3%) and the most assists. Give it (14,522) a radical roadmap change that pays off.

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The Clarets lead the championship with five points, ahead of the second (Sheffield United) and 16! At Watford, third place and out of the direct promotion positions. Their ten wins in the last 11 days gave form to a winning streak as they also beat Bournemouth (2-4) away from the Premier League and into the last 16 of the FA Cup. All that after a summer in which he lost 20 players after relegation, including goalkeeper Pope, captain Mee, defenders Tarkovsky and Collins, the promising McNeil and forwards Wighurst and Cornette… “It was a challenge even if it looked easy from the points,” said Kompany.

Hunting in Belgium and the city

The ex-player used his knowledge of Belgian football by recruiting Benson, Zarore, Colin, Vitinho and Bastian…and his connections with City to get Mauric, Egan Riley and Harwood Bellis…and so he built a young mass as bright and with some traces of Guardiola football. “Pep was a point of reference for me, of course, and a stepping stone, but I’ve talked to many coaches”“We have to stop. I didn’t come here to say we were going to be City. It’s totally unreachable,” stated Kompany, who chafed at the constant comparison to the “cityzen” coach during his time at Anderlecth.

Pep has been a point of reference for me, of course, and a stepping stone, but I’ve talked to many coaches

Vincent Kompany, Burnley manager

However, the former “heavenly” captain does not hide the fact that Guardiola, with whom he won six caps, was his muse. “It made me become a coach and it meant a lot for my career. It was very important for me to see football in a different way. I was lucky to have the best coach in the world, and now I want to be the second best! One of the clubs that bears the most imprint of “football” is quite an achievement.



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