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Dyche: Players Don't Need Pick-Me-Up

25 August 2018

Sean Dyche insists his players will not need a pick-me-up following the Europa League defeat in Olympiakos.

The Clarets return to Premier League action at newly-promoted Fulham on Sunday (4pm KO), at the start of another big week that sees the second leg against the Greeks at Turf Moor on Thursday, followed by the visit of Manchester United next weekend.

But Dyche feels his players will benefit in the long run from the hectic start to the season on the domestic and European fronts.

“The players won’t need picking up,” said the gaffer. “We made a lot of changes the other night and the one good side about this, going into the season, is that we have a lot of competitively fit players now.

“That bodes well for the long term and the Premier League season.

“It’s a tough early stage, with a lot of games, we know that, but we have got a fit group of payers and we just need the ones back form injury now. The fitness is good and the mentality is good.”

The Clarets face a fresh challenge at Craven Cottage, at a promoted club that has spent over £100m in the summer rebuilding for a tilt at the top flight.

But Dyche shrugged off any idea of jealousy, insisting the challenge was to remain competitive in a league where fees continue to escalate at an alarming rate.

He added: “It’s life at Burnley and it’s not new to me. The model of football has gone now.

“Most owners don’t care about that any more; they just run it how they want to.

“That’s fine by me, but this club clearly wants to make sure that not only the next month is looked after, but the next two or three years.

“The challenge, therefore, is to remain competitive and rolling that system out year after year is very difficult.

“It’s a tricky balance to find the right players and the right wage level, the right ability and consistency of performance needed.

“It’s very difficult - and to do it in the financial parameters we have is a tough task, year on year.

“This year we didn’t get the number of players I was hoping to get, but we still got some very good players.

“But because it’s so delicately balanced it’s hard to buy those players and tick all the boxes I mentioned.”

There is live commentary from Craven Cottage this weekend on Clarets Player, from 3.45pm.

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