BURNLEY boss Sean Dyche intends to keep faith with a 4-4-2 formula, despite calls for more flexibility in the Premier League.
The Clarets surprised observers by utilising the traditional formation against Chelsea’s 4-2-3-1.
But having enjoyed significant success with their line-up last season in winning promotion, Dyche says he wants to see how effective it can be at the top level.
“We want to be brave; we want to attempt to be brave in how we play. We were last season and we want to take that forward,” said the Burnley boss.
“We don’t want to play in games and come away just sitting in and camping in and hoping for the best.
“We want to try and be productive for ourselves and try and win games.
“The way I am looking at it, if people have written you off then if that should come your way, it’s better to know you have given it a go from what you believe is correct and the appropriate manner to win matches.
“We want to be brave, we don’t want to be stupid.
“We’re not naive that we might have to be flexible as the season develops. We’ve got to try what we think is important for how the team operates in the early part of the season.
“We want to experiment with it of course. Over the season that (the formation) might change slightly but we want to be brave in the early part of the season to fathom out where we are and how we play and how it works against better opposition.
“That was what the thinking was behind that, playing two centre forwards is something I like to do and really out of possession it’s like a (4-5-1) anyway.
“It’s only one dropping off the front line, it’s not a radical change.”
Neither will there be radical changes for the first trip of the season tomorrow, to Swansea – a side buoyant on the back of beating Manchester United at Old Trafford on the opening day.
Like Burnley, the Swans have worked their way through the divisions in recent times.
And Dyche sees them as an example of what can be achieved longer term, and what Burnley can aspire to if Premier League football can be sustained.
“Swansea are a good side and have earned the right to be in the Premier League season after season,” he said.
“They have a young manager like myself, who’s learning. I had a good chat with him (Gary Monk) at the end of last season about the challenges he sees and the challenge that we’ve got here.
“We’re not radically dis-similar – they’re just in front of the curve because season after season it builds the financial blueprint of the club, and they’ve managed to spread their wings a bit financially.
“We want to grow into a club that can build, looking into the future, but we’ve got to get the job done straight away.
“That’s the necessity of being in the Premier League, first of all winning games.
“We’re not benchmarking ourselves against anyone, they’re just a similar type of story in the sense they built their way through.
“They’ve managed to stay in there and then managed to build on that, and then obviously a great start last week against Manchester United.”