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Kompany refuses to admit defeat as Burnley sit on cusp of relegation

Vincent Kompany

Vincent Kompany insists he will not stop fighting until it is mathematically confirmed that Burnley have been relegated from the Premier League.

It was another disappointing weekend for the former Manchester City defender, with Burnley beaten 4-1 at home by Newcastle.

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They now sit five points adrift of Nottingham Forest in 17th with two games to go.

The Clarets’ inferior goal difference compared to the Tricky Trees means a single point for Nuno Espirito’s men would relegate Burnley on the penultimate weekend.

Kompany and Co travel to Tottenham in a last-ditch effort to maintain their top-flight status and the head coach is not giving up hope just yet.

Speaking after the hammering by Newcastle, he said: “In the end, I’m not beaten by it or defeated by it in terms of my attitude towards it. They’re a good side.

“They have got phenomenal attacking players, midfielders who are extremely comfortable on the ball and also extremely aggressive in other situations.

“This type of game, I’m conscious that it’s those moments you have, like we had in the first 15 minutes, that’s the moment you need to seize the game like this.

“If it doesn’t happen, you’re always exposed to a scenario like this.

“After that, I want to highlight that we never let this game die. Yes, the result was done and the score was done, but we kept going.

“We kept being threatening if we could. That’s all I can ask my players to do.”

It has been a miserable season in Lancashire for Burnley. They have won five games all season – only relegated Sheffield United have won fewer.

Their poor fortunes in the Premier League come off the back of a dominant season that got them promoted in the first place.

But it seems they will have to try again in 2024-25 and they will have a strong chance of bouncing straight back up if Kompany remains in charge at Turf Moor.
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Mitch Fretton

Mitch is a freelance sports journalist with experience working for LiveScore, GOAL and Colchester United. He has experience working from both his desk at home and in the press box at games covering the Champions League and international football.

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