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Clarets ready for Turf Moor return

Sean Dyche's men are back in town as Celta Vigo provide top-class opposition

31 July 2017

The Clarets are back at Turf Moor on Tuesday night as they kick-off a home double-header against top-flight European opposition.

Celta Vigo are first up as the La Liga side returns three years on from a 2-2 draw against Burnley in August, 2014.

And Hannover 96 then visit on Saturday as the twice-German champions build up towards their return to the Bundesliga after one season in the second division.

The two games will see Burnley boss Sean Dyche continue to fine-tune his preparations ahead of the new Premier League season, which kicks off for the Clarets at champions Chelsea on Saturday, 12 August.

Dyche is expected to give most of his senior squad a taste of the action against Celta – losing semi-finalists in last season’s Europa League when they were just one goal away from knocking out subsequent winners Manchester United.

And the game against the Spanish side is also likely to give supporters a first look on home soil at new signings Jon Walters, Charlie Taylor, Phil Bardsley and the returning Jack Cork.

“Because we have changed as a club we do get offered away games abroad,” said Dyche, whose side continued their unbeaten pre-season programme with a 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest last Saturday.

“But we have chosen these two home games against high-quality opposition.

“It’s good to play these types of games and to have some fixtures at Turf Moor so more fans can get the chance to watch.

“We are still working towards the start of the season and using the game-time appropriately, but it also gives the supporters the opportunity to see the new players as part of the squad.”

Celta Vigo – who finished 13th in La Liga last season – are spending a few days in the UK as they prepare for life under new manager Juan Carlos Unzue.

The former Barcelona and Sevilla goalkeeper was previously assistant manager to Luis Enrique at both Celta and Barca and now gets the chance to lead the team following his return to Balaidos earlier this summer.

He saw his side lose 2-1 at Brentford last Saturday, when former Burnley loan striker John Guidetti scored the Celta goal.

But they have longer to prepare for the start of La Liga, which kicks off a week after the Premier League, and are likely to offer a useful test on the Clarets’ return to Turf Moor.

“It will be nice to get back there and get a couple of games in before the season starts,” said defender James Tarkowski, who returned from a minor hip problem with 90 minutes at the City Ground.

“It’s always good to go back there. We had a very successful season last year, especially at home, so it will be nice to get back there.”

Admission to Tuesday night’s game (kick-off 7.45pm) is £10 for adults and £5 for over-65s and under-22s. Tickets will be on sale up to kick-off from the Turf Moor ticket office.

Full ticket details for Tuesday and Saturday’s friendlies are available HERE.

Supporters are reminded that the Fanzone will NOT be open for the pre-season friendlies but a bigger and better facility will be launched for the opening league match against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, 19 August.

However, the Foundation Lounge in the Jimmy McIlory Stand will be open to all fans for the friendlies and is free to enter for all.

The Lounge will be open from 5.30pm on Tuesday (pre-match only) and then open both pre and post-match for Saturday’s game against Hannover.


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