Skip to main content Skip to site footer
Club News

Dyche Calls For Olympic Effort

19 August 2016

Sean Dyche is looking for an Olympic effort from his players as they strive to stop Liverpool in their tracks this weekend.

The Clarets boss feels the smallest details can make the difference in the Premier League; exemplified by the slender defeat to Swansea on the opening day.

And ahead of the meeting with the Reds – and following the midweek departure of David Jones - Dyche insists he is weighting up a full debut for record signing Steven Defour.

The Clarets boss said: “I thought we should have got something last weekend, and possibly would have done but for a decision.

“But therein lies the reality of the Premier League. I think had that game been against a normal Championship side, we’d have won it hands down.

“The stats were very tight, but a Premier League team finds a way of hanging in there and there are such fine margins. It comes down to that in any sport.

“We are all watching the Olympics and the finest of things can make the difference between being a gold medallist, or missing out.

“It’s a similar thing in the Premier League, in terms of things being tight.

“We have to learn from that and move forward because we have another big challenge coming our way.”

Dyche added: “Liverpool’s cheapest player probably cost more than our record signing, but we feel we are a strong unit and a good side.

“Let’s not overthink that too much; we have to value ourselves and if we can add to that, we are intent of giving a good account of ourselves.”

Defour has been assessed by the club’s Sports Science department this week, following his arrival from Anderlecht.

Dyche explained: “We have looked at Steven this week and we’ll check his stats.

“He’s played four games and he is generally fit, but the fitness required in the Premier League can be significantly different.

“As everyone knows, I am a great believer in players playing when they are ready; not just throwing them in for the sake of it.

“We did very well with Joey Barton this time last year, in a similar scenario, and he same applies with Jon Flanagan at the moment.

“He can’t play tomorrow for obvious reasons, but he didn’t play a lot of football for Liverpool in pre-season, so we are making sure he gets that now.

“Steven is a lot closer and might well start, but I haven’t made that decision yet.”

If you can’t make it to Turf Moor tomorrow, Clarets Player HD has full match commentary from 2.45pm. CLICK HERE for details.

Advertisement block