Burnley gains promotion back to EPL

AP , Friday 7 Apr 2023

Burnley sealed an immediate return to the English Premier League under Vincent Kompany by beating Middlesbrough 2-1 in the second-tier Championship on Friday.

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Sunderland s Isaac Lihadji, cetner, battles for the ball with Burnley s Nathan Tella during the Sky Bet Championship soccer match at Turf Moor in Burnley, England, Friday March 31, 2023. Photo: AP

 

The win guaranteed Burnley a top-two finish, with the team still having seven games left to play.

Kompany, the former Manchester City captain, has had a stunning effect since taking over as manager a few weeks after Burnley was relegated from the league last year to end its six-season stay in the top-flight.

The team once known for playing direct, pragmatic soccer has a more expansive, possession-based approach and leads the Championship by 11 points from second-placed Sheffield United.

Man City manager Pep Guardiola said recently he believes Kompany will one day take charge of the club he graced for 11 years and where he has a statue outside Etihad Stadium.

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