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Sean Dyche looks forward to Germans' visit as final warm-up to season opener at Chelsea

3 August 2017

Sean Dyche is looking to add another piece to the Clarets’ jigsaw ahead of the Premier League season as his side finishes their public preparations against Hannover 96 at Turf Moor on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Dyche has carefully plotted the Clarets’ pre-season plans to provide a variety of tests for his players ahead of the big kick-off at champions Chelsea on 12 August.

After starting out against Irish and non-league opposition, the Clarets stepped it up with work-outs against Championship outfits Preston and Nottingham Forest.

Burnley then drew 2-2 at home to La Liga’s Celta Vigo on Tuesday night and next face a Hannover side who may more closely replicate Premier League opposition as they prepare for their return to the Bundesliga top flight.

“You can never guarantee that, but the German sides tend to be a little bit more that way thinking and a little bit more like us,” Dyche told Clarets Player HD.

“It was a very technical team we played the other night.

“Usually, not always, German sides are slightly more mixed.

“They can be technical but they can also be slightly more robust and formatted and a bit more methodical, so we have tried to find that healthy balance amongst all these different fixtures for different reasons in order to get the players ready.”

The Clarets look to be coming nicely to the boil with the start of real thing just over a week away.

Jeff Hendrick's equaliser against Celta Vigo kept Burnley unbeaten in pre-season

Dyche is encouraged with what he has seen of a squad featuring four new faces with the possibility of one or more still to come.

And he admits that his line-up for the opening-day test at Stamford Bridge is still to be determined with options being kept open for the finale against Hannover, who finished second in Germany’s second tier last season to win promotion back to the Bundesliga elite at the first time of asking.

The Burnley boss added: “There will still be changes, as I mentioned that the other night.

“I don’t think the exact team will necessarily play on Saturday.

“We still want minutes into a few players but I’ve been really pleased at how adaptable and flexible the team has been.

“I think that’s important. We’ve shown signs again that we can morph into the 4-3-3 and equally operate with 4-4-2.

“I’ve been pleased on the tactical level and pleased with the fitness level and some of the quality has been good.

“It was a fine goal the other night against a very good side, so at the minute it bodes well.”

Admission for Saturday’s game is £10 for adults and £5 for over-65s and under-22s with tickets on sale up until kick-off. For details, click HERE.

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