Sean Dyche believes Burnley are in in good shape heading into another Premier League season.
The Clarets boss is happy with the way his squad is shaping up as they prepare for as fourth successive season in the top-flight, staring at home to Southampton.
And he wants the club to build on last season, when an impressive second half of the season counter-balanced a tough start, due to the Europa league exertions.
Dyche said: “It’s just a fact that to be an established Premier League club is very difficult.
“You can probably name eight teams who you could argue are unlikely to go out of the division at this time.
“The rest; we’ve all seen it. It’s a challenge for everyone to stay in this league and build into it.
“On the other hand, we want to build on last year. That’s our first port of call.
“We had a lot of challenges, but can we learn from them?”
The additions of outfield trio Jay Rodriguez, Erik Pieters and Danny Drinkwater, in addition to goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell, have given the squad a balanced look.
And Dyche feels pre-season has been a good springboard for what lies ahead.
He added: “We think we have added good players to the squad to add to our layers.
“The truth will be when the whistle blows and it all starts again, but I certainly think we are in decent shape.
“I like what I’ve seen in pre-season, both individually and as a team.
“We are in better shape overall and more rounded as a group. I know it doesn’t guarantee you anything, but I like to go into a season with that confident edge of how the players are going to perform.”
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