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Dyche Remaining Focused Ahead of Blues Test

17 April 2018

Sean Dyche is keeping his “focus” on Thursday evening’s clash with Chelsea, despite the excitement of potential European qualification.

The Clarets secured their fifth successive Premier League victory last weekend after a tense battle with Leicester City, opening up a nine-point gap over the Foxes.

Dyche admitted that he is pleased with the way his players have progressed over the course of the season but insisted that his players need to remain grounded going into the final few fixtures of the season, starting with the visit of Chelsea.

He said: “The fans are beginning to think about it [Europa League]. Mainly the focus here stays on the next game.

“We’ve got Chelsea next and they’re certainly a fine side. We’ll see where it takes us but it’s very pleasing to be in this position at this stage of the season.”

The Clarets also sit just two points behind sixth-placed Arsenal, meaning victory on Thursday could lead to them leapfrogging the Gunners.

However, Dyche accepts that his side will need to be at their best to trouble Chelsea, who produced a stunning comeback from 2-0 down against Southampton to win 2-3 on the weekend.

He added: “The important thing is to remain focused on what we want to do. We know we’ve got to do more than that in the next games that are coming over 90 minutes.

“We’ve achieved more than we did last year and now it’s an open mindset about how far it can take us.

Are we moving forward? Yes. Can the club move forward and build? Yes, it already is doing.

“But can you take it for granted? Absolutely not. Nothing can be taken for granted here.”

Clarets Player HD has live commentary from Burnley v Chelsea on Thursday, with Joey Barton joining Phil Bird on co-commentary. Why not download the free club App and listen in via your Clarets Player HD log-in?


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