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Gaffer Previews Swiss Friendly

15 July 2016

Sean Dyche insists tonight’s pre-season opener in Nyon is purely a fitness exercise.

The Clarets end their French training camp with a short journey across the lake to face Swiss third tier side FA Stade Nyonnais (7.30pm KO local time, 6.30pm UK).

And after a fruitful week in Evian, the gaffer is looking for his players to come through a “low-key” finale unscathed.

Dyche told Clarets Player HD: “It’s still early into pre-season, so we are still building fitness, while always looking for the balance between having them full of fitness and energy, and not overworking them.

“Pre-season can be hard going and you have to be careful to make sure that the players are not run down.

“We are pretty happy with the way things have gone this week though. People often talk about the physicality of our group and how strong we are, so there’ s been a lot of good work this week and it all ends with a low-key game tonight.

“I am not doing the game down because we still want a good mentality, but this one is about fitness.

“We had a practise game yesterday to give them a feel and tonight they’ll probably get 45 minutes each, providing we don’t get any knocks.

“So it will be low key and not disrespecting the opposition, but I am not really interested in anything other than the players getting the feel for the football and a real game that gives them that fitness element.

“The game in the bigger picture is not that relevant, and although people might think that’s it now that the games have started, it’s not.

“There is still work to do when we get back, in and among the games’ programme.”

Tonight’s opponents, FC Stade Nyonnais, are a semi-professional team, who operate in the third tier of Swiss competition.

They lost their second tier status in 2012 following a divisional reshuffle that saw a total of six teams relegated in one season.

The game takes place at the club’s 7,200-seater Stade de Colovray in Nyon, on the north western tip of Lake Geneva. Admission to the game will be 15 Swiss Francs (around £10), 10 Swiss Francs (around £7.10) for over-60s and no charge for U16s.

We will have updates throughout the game on our social channels, with a report and reaction to follow.

However, at the manager’s request, there will be no Clarets Player footage of this game.

Watch the full interview now on Clarets Player HERE.

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