English Premiership

Dyche: Burnley ready for Europa League

2018-07-10 13:21
Sean Dyche (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Burnley manager Sean Dyche says they will take the Europa League seriously, while the Premier League remains the club's priority.

The Clarets will be competing in a European competition for the first time in 51 years after finishing seventh in the Premier League last season.

Despite placing just behind Arsenal in the league, Burnley still have one of the smallest budgets in the English top-flight and will see their player resources stretched to its limits by competing in Europe.

Dyche is aware of the challenge that faces Burnley, but he is also determined to see his side give a good account of themselves abroad.

"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."

Burnley play a number of friendlies in July before their first European tie, against Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen in the Second qualifying round, on Thursday, July 26

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