Ever since Burnley FC came under manager Sean Dyche, they have developed a reputation for being a club that plays ‘the rough’ and has the ability to grind results by playing useful football. If you are looking on the outside, you will have the same opinion but sometimes the truth is not in one of the two extremes but somewhere in between.
On Saturday, following their goalless draw with Norwich in the English Premier League, Burnley crossed a milestone by playing their 100th match in a row without receiving a red card. For a team that has a reputation for “ugly” and “rough” play, this is a huge deal. They now hold the distinctive record of becoming the first club for 27 years to complete a century of Premier League games without receiving a single red card.
Since the Premier League’s inception in 1992, only Ipswich Town has run the longest without a dispatch, running 94 games between the league’s inaugural season and 1994.
Burnley’s last red card was that of Robbie Brady against Huddersfield in the 90th minute on 2 January 2019. This was about two and a half years ago which is light years in the case of football.
Burnley has played 273 matches in the Premier League so far and has received only 7 red cards. None of the 7 have come on Turf Moor, their home ground. By doing so, he equaled Liverpool’s run of 131 home games without a Premier League red card between 1992 and 1999. Not too shabby for the side playing “anti-football”.
With Burnley focusing more on playing a more “practical” brand of football, there has been much criticism of managers in the EPL who think their players are protected by the rough and tough brand of football played by Burnley. should be done.
Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has often compared Burnley’s football brand to wrestling.
“I’m not 100% sure if [officials] Going in the right direction with these decisions. It is as if we are going back 10 to 15 years. The rules are as they are, but you cannot defend these positions. This is how it makes the game really difficult. The message now is to let the game flow, but no one knows what that means. I like decisions that are in favor of the offensive team, that’s fine. But we have to stand firm to save the players. We cannot deny it. If you like that sort of thing, watch wrestling,” the German has said.
To which Sean Dyche responded, saying, “My main disappointment isn’t really an approach to the game – I think every manager, every coach, every pundit, every fan has a vision of the game. My disappointment is this. That he is a name-checking player – absolutely no need to do that.”
Deutsche has always supported this brand of organized football and has vociferously defended its team at every turn. “I think guys love a tackle and a challenge, they like to see guys sweating shirts and blocks and straining themselves to score a goal, which is as much a technical quality as any. Can be an important and beautiful moment,” the Burnley manager is quoted as saying.
At a time when every team is obsessed with playing “beautiful” football, sometimes even at the cost of throwing a game because they didn’t fly the ball to the bleachers, but instead wanted to play from behind, a team like Burnley was one Maintaining a healthy result oriented approach is needed.