what Burnley manager Vincent Kompany said about St James’ Park in today match

Burnley manager Vincent Kompany has labelled St James’ Park as one of the toughest Premier League stadiums to visit ahead of this afternoon’s meeting between the clubs (kick-off 3pm). The newly-promoted Clarets make their first visit to Tyneside since December 2021 when a Callum Wilson goal earned Eddie Howe his first win as Newcastle United head coach. It was also the Magpies’ first victory of the 2021-22 campaign as Howe’s men went on to retain their top-flight status while Burnley were relegated on the final day following a 2-1 defeat against United at Turf Moor.

Kompany led the Lancashire club to promotion at the first attempt, but they have yet to win a game this season. Newcastle, however, is in good form, having won three consecutive home games against Brentford, Sheffield United, and Manchester City.

Kompany remarked of the trip to the North East, “Newcastle is a big test if I’m honest.” I’d always scheduled it as a major test. It’s impossible to forecast because of the threats and weapons they have, but there’s something in it for us in terms of a strong performance and, hopefully, a result.

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“There aren’t many harder away grounds that are as hard as that one.” “I’m really curious to see where the team stands against that level away from home.”It’s something I’m excited about. When you play well at St James’, we don’t just want you to play well; we want you to win the game as well. It’s not arrogant to say so; otherwise, why are you in the Premier League?

“However, a performance at St James’ Park should instill confidence in you that you can perform anywhere in this league.”

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