Date: 13th March 2015 at 3:56pm
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Midfielder Frank Lampard has admitted he expects Burnley to pose Manchester City a tough and resilient test this weekend when we travel to Turf Moor on Saturday.

Having been held at The Etihad to a two all draw back in December, Burnley obviously showed their character to come back from two goals behind to take a point, and we go into this game knowing we simply cannot afford any more slip ups in the league if we hope to retain our Premier League crown.

Speaking to the Official Site ahead of the match, our experienced former England midfielder explained.

‘I played there with Chelsea just once and beat them 1-0 so the record is good in that respect. Burnley is a very traditional, homely club and the sort we all respect from the outside. They`ve given it a real go this season and there is a family connection because my dad used to work with Sean Dyche at Watford when he was the Under-18s coach and he has a lot of respect for Sean.’

Given that family connection and bit of history although they have never properly met, Lampard has obviously followed Sean Dyche’s fortunes and in his opinion even if Burnley do go down this season he feels their manager can more than hold his head high as he’s gained a huge amount of credit and respect for his work with them over the last few season.

‘Whatever happens at the end of the season, Sean Dyche will come out with huge credit because to hardly spend any money on a team who has just come up with the way they`ve played and fought deserves recognition. I`ve never met Sean – he was at Watford and our paths never crossed for some reason but I have a lot of respect for him because of the way he`s handled himself this season.’

It is Burnley’s spirit that he knows will be the toughest test for us over the 90 minutes though.

‘I think they can definitely stay up – there are a big group of clubs around them and their desire is second to none and we`ve all heard the stories about them running more miles than anyone else this season during games. They`re a very strong unit – they showed that earlier in the season when they came from 2-0 down to earn a draw with us and it won`t be for the want of trying if they don`t stay up – they`ve got as good a chance of anyone, though.’

It’s not just the spirit and never say die attitude that can cause us problems though, Lampard himself admits their quality was shown in our last game against them and Danny Ings in particular is more than good enough to play for England in his mind, so City will have to be at their best to get the result we not only want, but desperately need as well.

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