Frank Lampard and Jesse Marsch have both referenced Burnley ahead of a crucial midweek run of fixtures in the Premier League relegation battle.
The Clarets aren’t in action until the weekend when they visit Tottenham, but relegation rivals Leeds United and Everton face Chelsea and Watford respectively and could put more pressure on Mike Jackson’s side by putting Burnley in the three last. The Toffees are one point from the drop zone with one game less while Leeds are below the Clarets on goal difference having played the same number of matches.
And while Southampton are not out of the woods yet, it looks like a three-way fight to avoid a relegation spot. And Lampard and Marsch are well aware of Burnley’s fighting qualities and expect the Clarets to keep fighting until the end despite losing to Aston Villa last time out, ending their four-game unbeaten run under Jackson.
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Everton have now won successive games to climb out of the bottom three and Lampard knows the impact of such results, but the Goodison chief is well aware that the job is not yet done.
He said: “Even though we enjoyed the weekend because it took us out of the relegation zone with games to play, it’s very dangerous to relax on that. The only message is to finish work and it’s hard work, we have to expect the worst everywhere else and everyone to win, but we can control ourselves.
“Two straight wins was a big thing for us to break. We saw with Burnley how a winning streak can change faces very quickly, so that was important for us.”
It’s Leeds who currently sit in the bottom three and Elland Road boss Marsch has been impressed with Burnley’s fighting spirit in recent weeks but said his side were ready to fight ahead of their away game. home against Chelsea.
Marsch said: “Internally we know we still have a good group to handle these situations. We knew going into those three games it was going to be very difficult to take points. We still have too much to do. play. Our focus is on controlling every moment. Thanks to Burnley and Everton. They also fought for their lives. We will do the same.”
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