Opposition view: Alastair Campbell puts his claret spin on Norwich City's trip to Turf Moor

PUBLISHED: 10:40 21 September 2019

Back in the day - Alastair Campbell with Delia Smith in 2003! Picture: Archant

Back in the day - Alastair Campbell with Delia Smith in 2003! Picture: Archant

One-time Labour Party spin doctor, editor of The New European and a Burnley fanatic, Alastair Campbell gives us a view from the opposition camp ahead of today's game at Turf Moor.

Party colours - Burnley fan Alastair Campbell in the stands at Turf Moor Picture: PAParty colours - Burnley fan Alastair Campbell in the stands at Turf Moor Picture: PA

So, Norwich City can beat Manchester City - but can the Canaries beat Burnley?

Well, they will certainly be full of confidence and up for it. By contrast we didn't play that well at Brighton and were somewhat fortunate to come away with a point. So I am hoping that you can't have two miracles in a row and we can't have two sub optimal performances in a row.

Two managers who espouse two very different styles - is Burnley's approach unfairly labelled as direct?

Absolutely. I am not pretending we have the depth in quality that the big clubs have but we have good footballers front to back. As I said, we didn't play that well at Brighton but the goal was a real example of the quality football we play.

On Norwich's style of play - is it the best way for them to survive in the top flight?

Well at least you'll go down fighting!!

Burnley's former Canaries player Robbie Brady Picture: PABurnley's former Canaries player Robbie Brady Picture: PA

Notwithstanding Robbie Brady's injury problems - is he Premier League quality?

Yes, he is. It is so sad when injury takes a player out of the squad and the recovery is so slow. But when he has been playing and on form he has been an important part of our success.

City spent very little in the summer - sensible self-sufficiency, or misguided?

I think both clubs have an approach of spending money when they are sure it is worth spending. And that has to be the right approach for the smaller clubs.

Who is Burnley's dangerman?

I love Ashley Barnes because I can see week in week out how much defences hate playing against him.

Who do you regard as City's chief weapon?

I like the look of Buendia.

Looking forward to meeting up with Delia again?

Always. I love Delia. I have known her for years and she never changes. She hates Brexit as much as I do which is yet another reason to love her.

And, finally, a score prediction please?

2-0. Barnes and Wood. Sorry. No I'm not.

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