Raheem Sterling claims some City players have been “butchered” in recent games, while manager Guardiola has complained that opposition teams are being overly aggressive in their attempts to disrupt his attacking style.

Guardiola was particularly critical of the tactics of Neil Warnock’s Cardiff side in their FA Cup tie last Sunday, and of West Brom’s players in Wednesday’s Premier League match.

But Dyche admits winning three points is the most important thing when your players step on to the pitch irrespective of how you get them.

“Does it matter how you win a football match? Not in my opinion,” said the Clarets boss ahead of City’s visit to Turf Moor this lunchtime.

“There’s a lot been spoken over the years about this that and other. But the actual job of a manager and a team is to win and to find a way to win

“Youth football is different, where it is to develop. But as a first-team manager operate in whatever way you need to.

Manchester City don’t need to change much. For the rest of us, it’s what can we do to win. That’s what it is for me.

“The great Liverpool sides had someone who could cut you in half – Graeme Souness, Steve McMahon. Then there was Roy Keane at Manchester United.

“Too many managers are going out of the game, losing their jobs trying to make players play a way they are not capable of.”

Dyche was a non-nonsense defender and reckons tackling is much meeker now than when he was on the pitch.

“There’s less malice in the game compared to when I was playing,” added Dyche. “There is way less physical contact.

“Tackling is still part of the game, and it’s a very difficult skill – much more difficult than people make it out to be.”

Meanwhile, Burnley midfielder Steven Defour will undergo knee surgery next week with his World Cup dreams now hanging by a thread.

The Belgium international is set to miss the rest of Burnley’s campaign after a cartilage issue showed up during a routine scan. It means the 29-year-old faces a race against time to be fit for the tournament in Russia.

Belgium are in England’s group along with Tunisia and Panama.

“I initially said a few months, but it is likely to be the season,” Dyche said.

“He had a sore knee but he was managing it wisely over the last few weeks. But he will have to get that dealt with.

“Very possibly and probably he will miss the World Cup, depending on the surgery.

“That’s the information we have had from the surgeon so far. We’ll have to wait and see how he recovers. He’ll have surgery on Monday and it depends on how he recovers.”

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