By 90Min
December 13, 2017

Sean Dyche compared Burnley to the 2015-16 Premier League title-winning Leicester team after his side's 1-0 win over Stoke.

Substitute Ashley Barnes netted a late winner as the Clarets rose to fourth on Tuesday night, surpassing Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham, all of whom play on Wednesday, to sit in the Champions League qualifying spots.

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Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live after the game, Dyche said it is important for the club's fans to have dreams and praised his players for finding a new way to win.

He said: "It's a run of results and a start which the fans are enjoying and rightly so. Football is about realities but also about dreams. 

"It's a tough task for us winning games at this level but Leicester blew the roof off dreams in football - there's no bold statement from me on that. Tonight was a different style of getting a result. It was an ugly game at times in harsh conditions.

"We found a way to win and a real fine goal. Sometimes that's football. We're not the real deal, we're a side that are improving. 

"We've got an aligned thinking here, there's no superstars, no favourites from me. I believe in all of them. We've got a group of people - there's a belief in everything we do here."

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When asked whether Burnley could qualify for European football, Dyche added: "I think there's enough people saying good things. I keep reality because this division will eat you alive. We're having a real go at what we can achieve this season. 

"I'm not being negative. I'm a realist, there's a lot of challenges coming our way. The fans and the town have got to enjoy these times, why wouldn't you?

"A lot of psychology goes into some of our planning. I want the players to know that they can grow here, develop as players and get results. We are moving forward each season."

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