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We All Believe: Dyche

Boss calls for another show of faith from the fans to earn Euro glory

30 August 2018

Sean Dyche wants another big show from the Clarets’ fans to help his side pull off a famous European win tonight.

The Clarets go into the second leg of their Europa League play-off tie against Olympiakos trailing 3-1 from the first meeting in Athens.

Dyche admits his side are the underdogs as they look to claw back the two-goal deficit to reach the group stages.

But he believes the Turf Moor supporters can again play a major role to help inspire the prospect of a third successive home win in the competition and prolong a first European run for 51 years.

“I think they will be very important and I think they’ll be here in good numbers," said the Burnley boss.

"I think they still believe that we're in the tie as much as we do and certainly think they will be fully behind the team.

"A night under the lights at Turf Moor is always a special thing and to make it more special you have to deliver a performance and you want to win.

“That often ignites the energy of the crowd, so we want them to get behind the team.

"It will be a changed side, so we want them to accept that and support them and I’m sure they will."

The Clarets trail in the tie following a controversial second half in the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium a week ago which saw the 44-time Greek champions score twice - including a disputed penalty for handball which saw Ben Gibson collect a second yellow card and leave Burnley to hang on wih 10 men for the final half-hour.

However, a 2-0 win or any three-goal margin would be enough to take the Clarets through against a club which is in its 53rd season of European football but which, historically, does not travel well.

And Dyche is plotting a gameplan he hopes can give his side one of their biggest scalps.

He added: “You have to sort of go for it, but you don’t want to be out of it before you’re in it.

"It will be interesting. They’ve got something to keep, we’ve got something to go after. Does that affect the tactics? Probably, but we will have to wait and see.

"Whatever happened in the last game, it’s a fresh start, a new game and is a tough challenge.

"The away goal is helpful. It would have been nicer if it wasn’t the score line it is, but it’s another challenge for us and we look forward to it.”

Dyche will again make changes to his starting line-up as he balances the commitment to the Europa and Premier League campaigns.

Manchester United are at Turf Moor on Sunday with both clubs looking for a pick-me-up before the international break.

But the Burnley boss won't allow that to be a distraction as the Clarets try to earn a place in Friday's draw for the group stages and chalk up another major landmark in the club's recent history.

“I think we have to have one eye on the weekend, but it is only on eye," he said.

"We’ve made it clear to the lads the next game is the most important and we have worked on the basis for a long time."

Clarets Player HD will have live commentary of the game from 7.45pm. The game is also being broadcasted on BT Sport from 7:15.

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