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'People Want To Be Here' - Dyche

Manager shares excitement of the fans as Europe returns via Pittodrie

26 July 2018

Sean Dyche can sense the excitement of the fans as he prepares to lead Burnley back into Europe.

The Clarets take on Aberdeen at a sold-out Pittodrie tonight in the first leg of their second qualifying round tie in the Europa League.

Around 2,000 Burnley fans have made the 340-mile trip to the North-East of Scotland for the first competitive meeting between the two clubs – and a first competitive match Burnley have ever played in July.

And Dyche can understand the passion the tie has generated for the Clarets’ fans, who have been waiting for this moment since Burnley’s secured qualification by finishing seventh in the Premier League last season – and in some cases a lot longer.

“It’s the occasion - Burnley Football Club in Europe after 50 years,” said the Burnley boss.

“People want to be here for the game and I understand it totally.

“We look forward to it and I think the fans will be looking forward to it.”

Aberdeen have won just once in 12 European ties against English clubs.

But the 1983 European Cup Winners’ Cup winners – who finished second in the Scottish Premiership for a fourth successive time last season – are unbeaten in their last eight home Europa League qualifying ties.

A red-hot atmosphere is guaranteed inside the ground and Dyche is relishing the prospect of a passionate cup tie.

“That’s what you want. Two legs make it a different feel, because it’s not over whatever happens,” he added.

“I think it’s a real good prospect for the fans and for ourselves.

“We want to get on with it. The players have worked hard in the early part of pre-season.

“There’s still work to be done, but I think they’re in good enough shape to take on the game.

“There’s more match sharpness to come but I think they’re in good shape at the moment and I’m looking forward to seeing how they perform.”

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