4 Reasons Why Burnley Can Defy the Odds by Clinching a European Spot

Imagine Sean Dyche, with his hands in his pockets, standing on the touchline at the Santiago Bernabéu on a Tuesday night. It is almost unfathomable.   

The Clarets currently sit fourth in the table after clinching a late win over Stoke at Turf Moor and have been the Premier League's surprise team this season, producing some impressive results.

Burnley are punching well above their weight this season, but If they carry on with this remarkable run of form, then the European dream can certainly become a reality for Dyche’s team. 

Here are a few reasons as to why they may be able to defy the odds.

4. The Dyche Factor

Sean Dyche has certainly made a name for himself during his tenure with the Clarets by applying certain principles to his team's style of play. 

By setting up his team up in a 4-5-1 formation, Dyche gets his men to press aggressively when off the ball and then drop deep in numbers when defending in their own half.   

Dyche is aware that he has a limited group of players at his disposal, but he gets them organised and lets each player know what their role is. He has the team working effortlessly at all times, which is something that their opponents can’t seem to cope with.  

3. Can Compete With the 'Big Six'

Burnley have shown that they can get results against the 'Big Six' this season, after impressively defeating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on the opening day. 

They also held Tottenham and Liverpool to 1-1 draws respectively. This just goes to show that the Clarets are hard to beat and break down as they defend as a unit. Burnley have kept eight clean sheets this season which is the second most in the league - behind Man Utd.

If they keep taking points from the teams around them, the 'big six' will be cautious of Burnley taking one of their spots.

2. Inspiration From Leicester

Burnley are pulling off results in a similar style to that of Leicester's title-winning side a couple of seasons ago. Although the Clarets won't be able to repeat Leicester's feat of winning the title, they can still look to that season for inspiration and encouragement.  

People were quick to play down Leicester's title chances as the season entered the festive period, and then the unthinkable happened a few months later. 

Dyche's men will relish being the underdogs - just as Leicester did - and will do everything they can to pull off an achievement that would be extraordinary in the modern game.

1. Team's Spirit & Discipline

A key ingredient to Burnley's success this season is team morale. The more points they pick up, the higher their confidence and belief grows. 

It's not easy to knock this Burnley squad down as the team spirit is high, and this is obvious to see with there being a great understanding between the players and the manager.

Of course form is expected to drop at some point between now and the end of the season, but should Burnley maintain a high level of consistency, then it really is possible to defy the odds and begin preparing for a European tour next season. 

 These are a few reasons as to why Burnley may be able to defy the odds and get Euro spot