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Dyche: It's A Marathon, Not A Sprint

18 August 2014

Sean Dyche insisted his Premier League new-boys will learn valuable lessons from their opening day defeat to Chelsea.

The Clarets boss declared himself satisfied at his team’s performance after they stunned the title-challengers by taking the lead through Scott Arfield, only to be crushed by a Blues blitz.

Jose Mourinho’s side scored three times in 17 first half minutes through Diego Costa, Andre Shurrle and Branislav Ivanovic to get their campaign up and running.

But upbeat Clarets boss Dyche said: “It’s not a sprint; it’s a marathon and we know there will be some bumps along the way.

“I don’t think you can class tonight as a bump. I think that’s the reality of where they are and where we are.

“We are still learning and improving and they are looking close to being the real deal.

“Even when you prepare for a team like that, they can still go harder that you probably thought they could and that’s probably one of the learning curves.

“Overall though, I am happy. There has to be a reality to what we are hoping to achieve this season. I think they are top of the market, or certainly up there, but I felt we kept going.

“That mentality is going to be very important over the season and the will and demand was there.

“It’s fair to say they have got so much quality in all areas and they can hurt you in any way. They are powerful, physical and can play.

“They’ve got great awareness and movement and they have been put together for about £350m, and there are clear signs of why.

You can’t switch off for a second, but for their second you have to hold your hand up sometimes in the Barclays Premier League.

“There are some players with fantastic quality and Cesc Fabregas is certainly one of them.

“There’s a big learning curve for us and I think we’ve started approaching the top end.

“We know that’s not going to be our market if we are honest, but we will know we can learn from the experience and that’s what we’ll look to do.”

Arfield completed a remarkable 12 months by scoring his debut Premier League goal to send Turf Moor into meltdown.

Dyche added: “What a fantastic journey Scott is on. To think we plucked him out of Huddersfield on a free transfer and arguably he was looking down the barrel of League One.

“We got him on a free last season and he was fantastic for us. We know he’s got a goal in him and he was excellent all night tonight.

“That will build belief in players that they can handle this.

“There’s an inner belief that the big boys have. They play with almost a touch of arrogance we are growing into that and building.

“We want to be humble, but we need that touch of arrogance when we are out there.”

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