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Dyche Ready For Dual Challenge

10 July 2018

Sean Dyche has vowed that Burnley will embrace the dual challenge of competing in the Europa and Premier Leagues.

Just over two weeks’ of pre-season remain until the Clarets lock horns with Aberdeen in their first foray into European competition in 51 years.

Preparations stepped up a notch as the squad were put through their paces just hours after landing in Cork for a week-long training camp.

And the gaffer insisted the bust schedule laid out before them this year is one to relish.

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“It’s a strange thing about the psyche because it’s a tremendous thing for Burnley Football Club to be in Europe,” he told Clarets Player HD.

“It’s not there to be taken lightly and we won’t be doing that, but it has to be balanced against the Premier League because that’s the bread and butter of what we’re about.

“You can go back into that debate of downplaying cups, but it’s nothing to do with that. The fact is the Premier League is our bread and butter, but alongside that, the first time in Europe in 51 years means we are looking forward to that as well.

“We know the challenges of both, so therefore the importance of pre-season, and working in the market to add to the group and make it stronger, all combine.

“There’s a lot going on and we have to make sure we can add to the grip to add to this upward curve.

It’s a broken record from me, but we are not the likes of Manchester City or Chelsea, where they can just go and get this or that player.

“Our club still has to make sense as a business and that often makes things tricky and not as easy to get deals done, but I am used to that.

“Patience is needed, that’s for sure, and that can be trying, but it’s one of those things.”

The Clarets will spend this week in the same training camp from the summer of 2013, when the foundations were laid for an unexpected promotion back to the Premier League.

Little has changed in this sun-drenched corner of southern Ireland, although there are two noticeable absentees in the camp due to the club’s remarkable progress, and England and Iceland’s differing World Cup campaigns.

“We had good memories of coming here from a professional point of view but it did lead to a big season and it was, in many ways, the starting point of what has carried on from then,” added Dyche.

“We knew it was a good facility and we have a lot of new players now, who won’t remember this from last time.

“The weather is unbelievable again too, which helps, but it was a case of ticking the boxes. You want good pitches, good facilities and a little bit of access, and we’ve enjoyed this facility before and made a good start today.

“It’s been a good beginning to pre-season and everyone is here, although Johann (Berg Gudmundsson) won’t come this week because it’s important that he gets some down time.

“Nick (Pope) is slightly different because he’s still training (with England), even though he’s not getting game time.

“I’m sure he’s getting a great experience, so we will look at that accordingly. We know when the tournament ends, but it’s a while different feeling should you win it, so we’ll watch that one.”

More from the camp to come throughout the week…


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