Burnley have nothing to lose at Tottenham, says Kompany

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Vincent Kompany insists Burnley are under pressure heading into Saturday’s must-win Premier League clash at Tottenham.

Burnley’s survival hopes will end if they take less than three points in north London and even then they could be relegated later in the day if Nottingham Forest beat Chelsea.

Sitting five points from safety with two games left to play, the odds are firmly stacked against the Clarets.

“I wouldn’t describe this game as a high-pressure game for us,” Kompany said. “I don’t think we have anything to lose.

“If you go into this weekend protecting a two-point lead, I can see how it’s a different mindset. Maybe I’d try to talk myself out of it if I said there’s no pressure at that point, but in this case I really think it’s an opportunity for us.”

Tottenham have lost four in a row in the league, a run that has ended their top four aspirations.

If Burnley can find a way to get the five points and close the gap to two points this weekend, their fate would once again be in their hands when Forest visit Turf Moor on the final day of the season.

“I don’t want to think about the Forest game right now,” Kompany added. “I think (Spurs) is our last game and I think if we get a final against Forest, that’s a final.

“This is our last game of the regular season and anything can happen on the last day of the season as you know.”

Burnley’s survival hopes were dealt a huge blow last weekend with a 4-1 defeat at home to Newcastle along with Forest’s win over Sheffield United.

After a string of encouraging results put the Clarets within striking distance of safety – they haven’t finished in the bottom three all season – it was a frustrating defeat. But Kompany says it hasn’t been difficult to lift the spirits of his team.

He added: “Obviously after the game things can go through your mind, but you pull back from football experiences and start thinking, ‘what are the scenarios?’

“If it were to happen that Forest wasn’t our last game of the season, I think it would be totally unlikely, but just the fact that it’s our last game, you start to look at what happens this weekend.

“Forest have lost games before this season. They are a good team, but they have lost games like any team in the Premier League. Luton have done exceptionally well but they have lost games this season so there is no guarantee this weekend of who will win and who will lose.

“It brings me back to our game, we go to Spurs, it’s a tough opponent, they’ve got players and there’s a reason they’re where they are in the league.

“But it’s football again and before you know it, you’re full of confidence again. You’re full of something that gets you through the door.”

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