Premier League quality, according to Burnley manager Vincent Kompany. While the Clarets are now a top flight side, Kompany believes the Clarets are still on a journey to closing that gap.
It comes after his side slumped to a fourth straight defeat in all competitions at the hands of Sean Dyche, who dumped his former side out of the competition.
“If I look back at how I felt after the Brentford game, I’ll never master the art of feeling good after a defeat, I’ll never feel great, but I feel different to a week ago,” Kompany said.
“For the most part, we kept it as a game. The first half was good, but mistakes cost us, especially at this level.
“I keep telling you that you’re in the Premier League, so getting promoted isn’t going to be easy.” You’re still working your way up, and year one is never easy. That’s a part of what we’re going through right now.
“Duels, a lack of communication from one phase to the next, and before you know it, a good performance turns into something that makes you want more.”
“It’s part of what you’ve got to deal with, and you’ve got to go again.” The next game is the most crucial.”
When asked if there was any way to expedite the journey, Kompany responded, “You don’t accept it, absolutely not.” But you put it in context, or else you’ll go insane with all of these things.
“Was today’s performance poor? No. But there is a difference in these moments, and it is noticeable.
“The worrying thing would be if you didn’t believe in your squad, which is not the case.”
“I don’t appear as defeated.” Yes, I’m hurt, but I can put it into perspective. I’d be naive to expect you to go through these moments before you cross that hurdle at the start of the season.
“Eventually when you get through your first year, that’s when you look upwards but it is what it is.”