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Viva Espanyol For Last Turf Moor Friendly

Clarets face La Liga side as countdown completed

3 August 2018

The Clarets wind up their ‘pre-season’ programme with a friendly against Spanish side Espanyol at Turf Moor on Sunday (kick-off 1.30pm).

Sean Dyche’s side has, of course, already played two competitive games to get past Aberdeen in the Europa League.

And next week they fly out to Turkey for the first leg of their third qualifying-round tie against Turkish outfit Istanbul Basaksehir.

But planning is still going on for the Premier League kick-off at Southampton on Sunday, 12 August and after facing Montpellier last weekend, the Clarets sign off their friendlies with a visit from the La Liga side.

Dyche will look to add further fitness to his squad ahead of the trip to St Mary’s Stadium, although admits he faces a tricky selection with a busy programme ahead and a number of injuries to deal with.

David Lopez has just signed a new long-term contract at Espanyol

Steven Defour and Robbie Brady aren’t yet ready to return and both Chris Wood (hip) and Aaron Lennon (hamstring) picked up knocks in Thursday night’s second-leg win over the Dons.

The Clarets therefore may have a small number of senior players on duty but are likely to dip into the under-23 squad, who have spent this week at a training base in Lilleshall.

Espanyol, who finished 11th in the Spanish top flight last season, visit Burnley following a week-long training camp in the United States.

The ‘Budgerigars’ were based in Richmond, Virginia and won the two friendlies they played against Richmond Kickers and Cincinnati.

Espanyol, who brought former player and coach Rubi back to the club as manager earlier this summer, start their league season at Celta Vigo on Saturday, 18 August.

 

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Match Reports

Burnley 0 Espanyol 2

5 August 2018

The Clarets rounded off their pre-season with a low-key Turf Moor defeat to a strong Espanyol side.

The final warm-up game saw Sean Dyche rest the players who endured 120 minutes in Thursday night’s thrilling European victory over Aberdeen.
 
And in a game overshadowed by the joint club record signing of Ben Gibson from Middlesbrough, second half goals from Didac and Darder proved enough to earn victory for the La Liga side.
 
Ben Gibson watches on
 
In a first, Gibson’s signing was announced during the first half at Turf Moor, where Clarets boss Dyche was true to his word, making 11 changes from the side that conquered in the breathless Europa League ‘Battle of Britain’ tie three days earlier.
 
In contrast, Espanyol fielded arguably their strongest line-up ahead of the start of the La Liga season in two weeks’ time.
 
And it was a bright start from the Spaniards, whose slick passing was easy-on-the-eye in the early stages.
 
 
Adam Legzdins, making his second start for the club, was especially impressive in the opening half, beginning his repertoire of saves with a comfortable save from Didak’s effort, then rising to tip over Hermosa’s powerful 20th minute header.
 
Kevin Long headed wide from Burnley’s first chance midway through the half, from a second successive corner from Dwight McNeil.
 
But it was Legzdins who was again forced into action soon after, diving low to his left to superbly turn David Lopez’s fierce drive round the post.
 
And the last line of defence again came to the Clarets’ rescues on the half hour, superbly denying Perez with an outstretched leg as the midfielder looked certain to open the scoring.
 
However, Espanyol finally broke Legzdins’ resistance five minutes after the break, when slick passing ended with Didac toe-poking the ball under the Clarets stopper from six yards.
 
 
Garcia was close to doubling the lead soon after, cutting inside onto his right foot and curling just over the angle.
 
Meanwhile, Dwight McNeil was again catching the eye, and the Clarets’ midfielder forced the first meaningful save of the afternoon from Roberto on the hour mark, controlling on the edge of the box and forcing the keeper to parry away his angled effort.
 
But the Spaniards had the last word, doubling their lead three minutes from time.
 
Piatti had come close minutes before, screwing his shot wide from 10 yards after being well picked out in a crowded box, before Puado curled an effort narrowly wide.
 
But Darder made no mistake, firing low into the bottom corner from 20 yards to seal the victory.
 
BURNLEY: Legzdins, Bardsley, Dunne, Long, Taylor, Hendrick, O’Neill, McNeil (Goodridge 89), Walters, Wells, Agyei (Koiki 65).
Subs: Trialist, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Cork, Westwood, Vokes, Clarke, Benson, Bayode.
 
ESPANYOL (starting): Roberto, Iglesias, Garcia, Darder, Didac, Melendo, David Lopez, J Lopez, Perez, Roca, Hermoso.
Subs: Diogo Lopez, Pipa, Victor, Naldo, Duarte, Alvaro, Baptistao, Lopez, Piatti, Puado.
 
Ref: L Mason

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