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Oliver Glasner shares what he said to senior Crystal Palace players

Crystal Palace will take on Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday (24 February) at Selhurst Park in Oliver Glasner’s first game in charge. 

The Eagles sacked veteran manager Roy Hodgson last week following the club’s wretched run of form. The club felt the time was right to make a change and they quickly appointed Glasner as his replacement.

Palace do have some quality players but injuries to key players have hurt them badly. Of course, Hodgson must take a share of the blame as well, and the atmosphere at the club became toxic towards the end. However, Glasner is convinced that the current squad is good enough to perform better than the current league position suggests.

The 49-year-old is not a miracle worker but BBC pundit Chris Sutton believes Palace will be looking forward to this game under their new manager, and has predicted a 1-0 win for them.

Glasner has admitted that he has spoken with some of the senior players at the club who know the league better than him. He has asked them to show leadership qualities on the pitch.

What Glasner said to Crystal Palace senior players

“With the players here, we have many players who are in the Premier League for several years: Jordan Ayew, for example, and JP Mateta,” said Glasner.

“They know the Premier League better than I do, so I spoke with them and said: ‘trust in your qualities, I want you to lead the team on the pitch.’ Not just them, we have several: Joel Ward, the captain, and many players.”

Crystal Palace need wins under their belt

When Glasner will look at the Premier League and the form guide, he won’t be too pleased with how things have gone so far. The Eagles find themselves 15th in the table, with only five points above Luton Town. They are perilously close to the dropzone, and Glasner must arrest this decline at the earliest.

They have picked up just one win from their last five Premier League games, and only two in their last 14 league games. The Eagles are heading into this game on the back of a 1-1 draw against Everton at Goodison Park and Glasner can draw plenty of positives from that game.

Glasner, like Jurgen Klopp, is known for playing an intense brand of football. However, the new Palace boss has admitted that it’s not possible to implement a new system straight away, rather he will implement his methods step-by-step.

It makes a lot of sense as Crystal Palace players are not used to playing like this, and making drastic changes toward the business end of the season could have a negative impact.

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