Sean Dyche insists the club’s training trip to Spain will help them prepare for the second half of the Championship campaign.
The Clarets first team squad returned last night from a five-day trip to Alicante, taking advantage of a blank weekend in the schedule to enjoy a mix of training, rest and recuperation.
And Dyche, whose side host Brighton and Hove Albion at Turf Moor next Tuesday ahead of next weekend’s trip to QPR, heralded the trip as a success.
He said: “We took the opportunity to get the lads away for a few days. We did look at a fixture change initially, but that didn’t work out so, we used the free weekend to rest and recuperate, as well as work, in a warmer climate.
“It’s never a bad thing and it’s so rare you get the opportunity to do that. The dates fell well and I thought it was appropriate to get the lads together and prepare for the remaining games of the season.
“It’s well documented that we don’t have the biggest squad, but there is no certainly lack of energy or fitness in the team.
“The players have given everything and for the remainder of the season we wanted to ensure they are physically and mentally as rested as we could do.
“It wasn’t complete rest and the training facilities were very good. It was just nice to get some work done with the sun in the sky.”
The Clarets also took in Barcelona’s 1-1 draw with Levante on Sunday evening.
Dyche explained: “We took the boys to watch Levante v Barcelona on the Sunday night too, which was great for a bit of change in football culture.
“We did have a little look at Lionel Messi, but he was just coming back from injury and looked a little bit off the pace, so we decided to leave one that for now!
“But joking aside, we feel we used the trip nicely and the balance between the change of surroundings, mental and physical rest, but also taking in a game and training.”