Burnley's Pieters will put friendship aside as he faces Norwich goalkeeper Krul
Sept. 20, 2019
Erik Pieters is hoping for bragging rights again over best friend Tim Krul when Burnley take on Norwich on Saturday.
'I am going to mention my goal against him when he was at Newcastle,' said a grinning Pieters.
'We are really close, we met each other when we were 17 and ever since we have kept in contact and stayed close.
'In the good and bad times we were there for each other and talked through things and I am really pleased that he is first choice there at Norwich and playing really well.'
Krul and Pieters have been good friends since the pair played together for Holland U17s
As much as the pair want each other to do well, Pieters' priority on Saturday will be on trying to bring his friend down to earth after the high of last weekend's stunning victory over Manchester City.
'I'm not surprised how they're playing and winning that game but more by how City approached the game and lost it,' said Pieters.
'That's the beauty of football, everyone can win against each other so you have to believe you can win every single game.
'We know what they want to do and how they play but the main thing is we play how we want to play and bring the game to them and make sure at the end of 90 minutes that we get the three points.'
Burnley will want to put in an improved performance after a below-par display at Brighton
Burnley are looking for their first win since the opening day of the season against Southampton.
A tough fixture list has not helped but the Clarets were well short of their best in the second half against Brighton last weekend despite scoring a late equaliser through substitute Jeff Hendrick.
Pieters said: 'We started the game really well but didn't score, then Brighton changed the system and gave us a bit more trouble. The second half was not us, we are much better than that.
'To nick a goal in the last minute makes you happy but makes you realise that we have to be better.'
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