Trippier on Turf Moor return, Michael Keane and our need to win at Burnley
Fri 31 March 2017, 10:05|Tottenham Hotspur
Kieran Trippier returns to former club Burnley as a Spurs player for the first time on Saturday and he admits we’ve a tricky test in front of us.
The speedy right-back made 185 appearances for the Clarets between 2011 and 2015 after initially joining on loan from Manchester City.
During that time, he helped Burnley gain promotion from the Championship into the Premier League and played a full season in the top flight before joining us in June, 2015. His old club was relegated at the end of 2014-15 but bounced straight back last term and are currently 13th in the table.
We caught up with the 26-year-old to get his thoughts on what’s sure to be an emotional outing for him this weekend…
How do you feel about returning to Turf Moor as a Spurs player for the first time?
“I’m looking forward to going back there and seeing some old faces. Obviously it will be different, going back to the club that I spent so many years at but we’re all going there with the mindset to get three points. It’s an important game for us – and for them of course – so hopefully we can go there and get the points that we need. It’s a tough ground to go to but we’re very excited.”
Burnley have won nine and drawn two of their 14 home games this season, with 29 of their 32 points having been secured on their own patch. What do they do that makes it so hard for away teams?
“First of all it’s the way they start games, they just like to press from the front. They’ve got a great energy there and obviously the lads who come off the bench as well. They make it hard for teams there, they try to smother them as much as they can but we know what they’re all about and hopefully we can get a couple of goals and win the game.”
With that in mind, what’s going to be the key to us getting the three points?
“Just keep doing what we’ve been doing – keep the ball, have more possession and obviously, when we have shots on target, make sure they count.”
Burnley’s Michael Keane has earned a lot of praise following his performances for England of late. What are your memories of playing alongside him?
“He was on loan at first, he wasn’t really playing when I was there because we had a centre-back, Michael Duff, who was playing at the time but then when he came in and got his chance, he kept his shirt. He’s still a very young lad, I’ve spoken to a lot of people about him and when I played with him, I knew he was going to go all the way to the top. It’s no surprise that he’s got his England debut and played his first two games for England. Keano is a very good player and I wish him all the best.”
How do you sum up what Burnley have done for you in your career?
“The club has done a lot for me, given me the opportunity at first to play in the Championship week in, week out, and obviously with Sean Dyche taking over, he worked with me a lot and I’ve got to thank him for a lot of stuff really, on and off the field. Burnley in general have done a lot for me, they stuck by me, I played a lot of games for them so I owe a lot to Burnley and all I can say is ‘thank you.’”
How important do you think this week’s two away games in quick succession against Burnley and Swansea City will be to the way our season pans out?
“Every game is a must-win game but we just want to focus on Burnley now, we don’t want to start looking too far ahead. Obviously we go to Burnley with the mindset to win the game and get the three points we need. After that, we’ll focus on Swansea.”