Defender Matty Rain, who captained the U18s in their final CEE Cup match, believes that as much as there is room for improvement, there are plenty of positives to take from the week in Prague and from yesterday’s defeat to a much older Besiktas side.
Rain, who joined the Clarets during the 2017/18 season, admitted that Burnley started the brighter side against the Turkish side, however, as the game went on Besiktas came out on top.
The former Liverpool left-back said: “I think we started bright and we had more possession of the ball unlike in the other games we previously played.
Then I think we tried our best to put what the coaches want into the game, creating a few half chances then they started to get on top of us and keep possession and then we lost our way a bit.”
And despite the Clarets losing three and drawing one of the CEE Cup games, Rain believes the week in the Czech Republic capital has been a positive overall.
Rain said: “Overall I think the week has been great, it has been a massive positive for the squad.
We have all bonded really well and got on with each other, especially the first years with the second years and we have really got used to being around each other every day 24/7.”
Tony Philliskirk’s side have a final pre-season warm up scheduled for this weekend at St George’s Park, in a tournament alongside Derby County, Rangers and Brighton & Hove Albion.
And the defender states that the team are not a million miles away from being a strong side, with just the basics needing to be sharpened up ahead of the upcoming season.
“I think as a team we can do the basics a bit better and I also think we need to keep the ball a lot better as a lot of the time we turned it over too much.
As soon as we win the ball back, we need to get a few passes together to get control of the ball and get good possession and we will do alright.” Said Rain.