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Dyche: We Can Handle It

The boss backs squad to fight on two fronts

21 August 2018

Sean Dyche has dismissed suggestions that European football is a burden to his players as they prepare for the next stage of their odyssey with a trip to Greece.

The Clarets will play for a fifth successive Thursday night when they face Olympiakos in Athens in the first leg of their Europa League play-off tie.

They then head to London on Sunday to face Fulham in search of a first Premier League win of the season.

But Dyche insists the workload is not an issue and does not regard it as a factor in the Clarets’ 3-1 defeat to Watford at Turf Moor last Sunday.  

The Clarets have knocked out Aberdeen and Istanbul Basaksehir in extra-time

“The players just have to see through all the noise because that’s been the story that everyone has been boring us about since before we kicked a ball,” said the Burnley boss, who brought six players back into the starting line-up to face Watford after making changes for last week’s Europa League win over Istanbul Basaksehir.

“It’s like advertising, if you advertise it enough, you can believe it, so we look for our players to see beyond that, which they have done.

“We’ve two rounds done and two lots of extra-time, but we know, and I have reminded them, that the Premier League is our biggest challenge.

“There are no ‘gimmies’ in this league. The Europa League will take care of itself as we get on with it, but this is our biggest challenge and we’ll learn more from Sunday.

“I certainly don’t think Europe had anything to do with the league because we were very good at Southampton and rightly got a point and we were good against Watford in the first half and, but for five minutes, we weren’t in drastic trouble in the game. But that’s this league and what can cost you.”

Goalkeeper Tom Heaton and recent signing Matej Vydra have been registered for the play-off round and added to the Clarets' squad list to face Olympiakos.  


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