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Mauricio on Burnley, Davinson and Paulo

Posted on 27 August 2017  - 10:45

Mauricio Pochettino points to Burnley’s opening two matches as an example of the unpredictable nature of the Premier League – the one thing you can predict is that every game will be a test.

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That’s what the manager expects from Burnley at Wembley on Sunday (4pm) after they beat champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on the opening weekend only to be frustrated and lose out 1-0 at home to West Brom last Saturday.

As always, Mauricio is focused on how we perform. “It’s always difficult in the Premier League and our performance is important, our mentality and attitude,” he said.

“We need to win. It’s so important to win at home and we are ready. We played well against Chelsea and deserved more, but sometimes football doesn’t go how you want it to go.

“We needed to be more clinical but we played well, deserved more and now we need to keep our level, try to improve and try to win.”

Mauricio expects to see the Burnley that impressed so much at Stamford Bridge. “Sure, it will be tough because they will be excited to play at Wembley but it’s important for us to start winning games at home,” he said.

“I think they will try to play in the way they play - they are a tough team, strong. We will try to dominate the game, try to play in the opposition’s half. For different reasons we need to be careful in the way they play. We need to play our best and score goals.”

Below: Davinson and Paulo

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Meanwhile, Mauricio gave us his thoughts on new arrivals Davinson Sanchez and Paulo Gazzaniga.

"Davinson is very young but one of the most important young players in Europe, great potential and he will help us to fight for big things. He’s so fast, so aggressive. He’ll fit in well with us.

"We know Paulo very well from Southampton, he can help us to keep our levels in the goal with Hugo and Michel."

Fans will be able to welcome Davinson and Paulo at Wembley today - they will be introduced to supporters ahead of kick-off. Tickets still available...