Ahead of their trip to Turf Moor, the German compared Dyche with his time in charge of Mainz.
“I was younger than Sean is now, but I know how difficult it is to 'swim with the big fishes' in the league – and obviously they swim quite well.
“It's just a nice story again. Each year creates another story and this year it's the Burnley story. Compare with what Pep [Guardiola] is doing at City, that's an outstanding season; Burnley and Sean Dyche are doing exactly the same with completely different circumstances.
“I really respect and appreciate that. But that's it. They can win all the games in the season apart from the games against us."