The Premier League is back. Though the champions might have been crowned there’s still plenty to play for. Teams are slugging it out for Champions League places while down the bottom there's a dog fight for survival. There is one team, who despite their small stature are once again well away from danger .
Burnley are not the most glamorous club but they continuously out perform bigger opponents. The team holds the 3rd best clean sheet record in the league while goalkeeper Nick Pope is joint top of the individual records. A win against Man Utd and a respectable 1-1 draw against Liverpool have been further positives in a good season for the Clarets.
Replicating such an impressive defensive record in Football Manager can be tricky but not impossible. Although a Ballon d'Or or a league title might not be on the horizon, overachieving is still a possibility with a plan in place. In real life, Sean Dyche wants his sides functional, direct and set up in a 4-4-2. This will be the tactical blueprint for our digital underdogs as we look to do things the Burnley way.