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Dyche On Austria Trip

15 July 2014

Sean Dyche believes Burnley have an ideal Alpine setting to prepare for their Premier League adventure.

The Clarets pre-season camp, in the picturesque Austrian town of Bad Waltersdorf, sees the Clarets training at the local stadium which has been used by a multitude of top clubs, including fellow Premier League club Arsenal in recent years.

And the Clarets’ boss explained the reasons behind Austria being chosen as their destination this summer.

He said: "Many clubs have been coming here and I’ve been here with clubs in the past. They always seem to have good facilities and they’re happy to help out on all the things that we want.

“We’ve got a good environment and Mark Howard (Head of Sports Science) had also been here before once and told us he felt it was a good place.

“Cork was fantastic last year, both in terms of the facility and the way they treated us but we just wanted to change the mentality, bring the players somewhere different and have a different feel again.

“You can’t sit still and just look at what you’ve done, it is about what you do next.

“In terms of the week, we will adapt it slightly from last year, keep all the positives we thought benefited us last season but then add in new things that we think are appropriate for ourselves, for the player’s mental freshness and their stimulation in order to get the best out of them.”

That trip to Cork ahead of the 2013/14 campaign proved a crucial foundation stone in the Clarets incredible promotion-winning campaign, providing fuel for the mind and body as well as helping the team to bond both on and off the field, something which the Clarets boss feels is vitally important.

He added: “We believe in that collective attitude towards training and games. The trip is a good chance to remind yourselves of that being in such close quarters with each other.

“There is that bonding element, most of the players know each other and we’ve got a really good group who are accepting of new signings.

“It’s a great time to be able to get used to each other both on and off the field.

“I think it was well documented last year about the physical attributes the team had, particularly the will and desire to ‘go hard’ as we called it.

“That’s an important factor of what we do and this is a chance to put those building blocks in place ready for the season.”

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