Tottenham Hotspur-Burnley Preview

New Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte explains he now understands the difficult task at hand as his side prepare to visit Burnley on Sunday.

Spurs came from behind to defeat Leeds United last time out to temporarily move into seventh, however, their good work was undone in a 2-1 embarrassment against NS Mura in the Europa Conference League.

After that poor showing, Conte admitted his new side will present a different challenge.

"After three-and-a-half weeks, I am happy to stay here but at the same time I must be honest and tell you we need to work a lot to improve the quality," Conte said.

"We are Tottenham and Tottenham in this moment, there is an important gap.

"If someone thinks that a new coach arrives and Conte won in the past and then I am a magician. But the only magic I can do is to work.

"To bring work and work to improve, to bring my methods, my ideas of football. But we have to understand that we need time.

"I want to be honest that we need to work a lot to improve the situation. We need time and patience."

Burnley earned a 3-3 draw at home to Crystal Palace last week but are 18th in the table after managing just one win this term and manager Sean Dyche is hoping Tottenham do not click into gear under Conte yet.

"It's just sometimes you need the connection between what you're trying to achieve tactically, a change of culture, change of manager, and getting the best out of the players," Dyche said.

"The manager needs to get the best out of them, that's his job, and his record suggests he will over time.

"I really hope he doesn't this weekend, that would be helpful, but they don't lack talent that's for sure."

Burnley - Nick Pope

Nick Pope has conceded 14 times against Tottenham, only conceding more against Manchester City and Chelsea. Burnley will need their goalkeeper in top form, though he is yet to keep a clean sheet against Spurs.

Tottenham - Harry Kane

Harry Kane has either scored or assisted in each of his last six Premier League games against Burnley (7 goals, 3 assists), having scored just once in his first four Premier League appearances against the Clarets.

·Burnley keeper Nick Pope has conceded 14 goals against Tottenham in the Premier League, only against Manchester City (17) and Chelsea (15) has he conceded more. He's also yet to keep a clean sheet in each of his five Premier League games against Spurs, only against Leicester City (7), Manchester City and Chelsea (both 6) has he played more against an opponent without keeping a clean sheet.

·Son Heung-min's four Premier League goals have been worth six points to Tottenham this season, with no player's strikes being more valuable to their side than the South Korean's. Indeed, Son has scored the winning goal in three of Tottenham's six Premier League victories this term.

·Burnley have scored a league-high six headed goals in the Premier League this season, while Tottenham are one of three sides yet to have scored a header so far this term.

·Only Everton (7) have won more points from losing positions in the Premier League this season than Tottenham (6), with Spurs winning against Leeds last time out having trailed 1-0 at half-time.

·Burnley have won just one of their last 15 league games (D6 L8), keeping just one clean sheet in that run. However, the Clarets are unbeaten in four in the Premier League (W1 D3), scoring more goals in this run (9) than they had in their previous 13 combined (8).

Updated November 27, 2021

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