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Gaffer Weighs Up Options Following Celta Vigo Draw

1 August 2017

Sean Dyche insisted he had still not formulated his starting 11 to face Chelsea as the start of the Premier League season looms large.

The Clarets' boss was speaking after the entertaining 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo at Turf Moor, where Robbie Brady’s wonder strike and a Jeff Hendrick volley came either side of a Jozabed Sanchez brace for the Spaniards.

And Dyche admitted he was impressed with a number of players as he looks to hone down his options in Saturday’s final pre-season game against Hannover 96.

Dyche said: “The side is still not chosen for the season and I think it will be closer this year.

“Usually I have a fairly early shot at what I think the team will be, but this season there’s a few places still up for grabs and as a group they have laid down some good markers this pre-season.

“The team that plays on Saturday might not be the team that plays at Chelsea. It’s fair to say a number will be, but others I’m not so sure about.”

 

Brady’s wicked curler into the top corner was cancelled out before the break by two more quality finishes by Sanchez.

Hendrick then rounded off the scoring on the hour mark by rifling home a loose ball that dropped to the Irishman in the box.

Dyche added: “It was a good work-out and I was really pleased because we choose these clubs according to some of the challenges we face.

“I think it’s fair to say they (Celta Vigo) were an extreme case of total football, but there are certain teams in the Premier League who try to play that way, by constantly passing.

“Sometimes they just seem to pass it and pass it, but that’s brilliant for our lads because you have to stay focused and keep your shape, and we did that.

“Equally, when we got it, particularly in the first half we kept the ball well and scored as great goal.

“Once you start dismantling the team it’s never easy and they changed their whole team, so I expected it not to be as fluid, but for the first 60 minutes I was extremely pleased.”


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