Aaron Lennon feels the Clarets are rested and ready to go again as they prepare to face Manchester City this weekend.
The Clarets winger acknowledges that the international break came at a good time for the squad, following seven points garnered from the nine available before the two-week hiatus.
And with injured players closing in on a return, following Robbie Brady and Steven Defour’s 90-minute run-outs in a bounce game in midweek, Lennon believes Burnley can take heart ahead of a tough run of games.
“You know there are players breathing down your neck to play here and that kicks you on,” he explained.
“For a squad, the best thing that can happen is to have healthy competition for places, which we have here.
“We know we’ve had a few injuries, but we have Robbie and a few of the other boys coming back now and so it’s not just the 11; we have 23 or 24 top players here.”
The Clarets follow up Saturday’s testing trip to the Etihad with second-placed Chelsea’s visit to Turf Moor.
And former England wide-man Lennon feels those two teams, along with Liverpool, will battle it out for the Premier League title this year.
He added: “City are getting into their rhythm again and for me they, Liverpool and Chelsea are probably the best three teams in the league now, so it will be a tough task.
“But we’ll go there with a plan. We are in a good run of form with seven points out of nine and we’ve got straight back into it after the break.
“I think having so many games at the start of the year, with the Premier League and Europa league, the break has worked well for us.
“A few days does a lot for you and a few days to rest up has left us ready to go again.
“We will go there, be organised and when we get a chance we’ll have to take it because they don’t give you many.”