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Dyche: I Want To Win

23 August 2018

Sean Dyche will send a side out at Olympiakos tonight with the message: I want to win!

The Clarets boss admitted it was difficult to “enjoy” the club’s European adventure while trying to balance the demands of the Europa League with a Premier League campaign.

But he insists he wants the journey to continue, as around 1,000 fans flock to Athens to enjoy another memorable chapter in the club's proud history.

Dyche said: “As a professional the enjoyment comes from success. That’s the biggest enjoyment I’ve had out of my career as a player, coach and manager and I think all managers probably have the same feeling.

“It’s a sense of what it stands for, for example Burnley being in the Europa League. These are the sort of things you look back on in time, but not now.

“Right now it’s real, it’s right in front of your face and I want to win, end of story. That was my mentality as a player and now as a manager.

“You’ll take a lucky win, but you don’t want to build a team on that. You want to build it on real performances.

“But it’s very difficult to enjoy the moment because you are so intent on getting the job done, so the enjoyment side of what it all stands for, and the real markers in history are not for me now.

“They are for later on in life, when you are sat down with a glass of wine telling stories of old with your kids grown up around you.”

The Clarets must overcome the 44-time Greek champions over two legs to earn qualification for the group stages of the Europa League, which would guarantee another six games before Christmas.

And Dyche remains open minded about how far he can take the club on their remarkable journey.

“It’s too early in this competition to know,” he added.

“There will be times when people look back and reflect, but who knows what the next chapter of this club is about. Is it bigger? Possibly. Is it not? Maybe.

“Nobody thought we would be here five and a half years ago, when I arrived, trust me.

“You have to remember that a lot of work and building blocks have been put in place and this will, probably, be remembered as a period of very good times.

“As I sit here we don’t know how far it will go. We play again tonight, and then back at Turf Moor, and we have Premier League games in-between

“It’s thick and fast and I can’t give you an honest balance of all of that, because it’s right here, right now.

“But this is still a fantastic competition for Burnley Football Club to be in, so therefore we will put out a team that we wholeheartedly believe can win the game.”

Clarets Player HD will have live commentary of the game from 7.45pm. And don’t forget you can watch the game at the Fanzone, or through a seven-day free trial on Eleven Sports.

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