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Chadli up for the challenge

Posted on 2 April 2015  - 16:47

Nacer Chadli says Burnley won’t be the only ones “fighting for every ball” as we return to Premier League action at the weekend.


Our hosts on Sunday are just inside the relegation zone going into this round of matches and will naturally be hungry for maximum points to help rectify that situation.

But attacking midfielder Nacer, fresh from an international break which saw his Belgium side secure back-to-back victories in Euro 2016 qualifying, insists we’ll be equally as determined to win the game as we seek to improve our own position in the upper areas of the standings.

“We’ve got eight games to go and they’re eight finals for us,” said the 25-year-old.

“Burnley will desperately want to win but we too are going to fight for every ball because we need to get the three points to get into the top positions in the table.

“We need those three points as much as them.”

Having won a seven-goal thriller at home to Leicester City in our most recent domestic outing a fortnight ago, Nacer says the players are in buoyant mood heading into our fourth meeting with the Clarets this season.

After a 2-1 league win against Sean Dyche’s men back in December, we drew 1-1 at Burnley in an FA Cup third round tie back in January before winning the replay 4-2.

Consequently, Nacer believes we’ve learned a lot about the Lancashire side’s game.

“We know them very well, we know they have quality but we will try to exploit them to the maximum in all the areas we can,” he added.

“It’s always good to win the previous game but the next one is always the most important and we are very focused for Sunday.

“Everybody is happy to be back and we are in good spirits.

“We now have an away trip to Burnley, which is never easy, but we have the quality to win the game.”