Burnley boss Sean Dyche ‘bored’ of juggling jibes


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Burnley boss Sean Dyche says he has become bored of suggestions that his side will struggle to balance Europa League aspirations with their Premier League needs.

The Clarets enjoyed a superb top-flight campaign last term and secured a shot at the Europa League qualifiers for their endeavours.

Burnley have negotiated two rounds of qualifying so far and they continue their European adventure on Thursday with a trip to Greece to face Olympiakos in the first leg of their Europa League play-off.

The winners will head into the group stage of Europe’s second-tier completion, with six more games between September and December to fit into a hectic schedule.

“The players just have to see through all the noise because that’s been the story that everyone has been boring us about since before we kicked a ball,” Dyche said.

“We’ve two rounds done and two lots of extra-time but we know, and I have reminded them, that the Premier League is our biggest challenge.”

Dyche made six changes for Sunday’s 3-1 home defeat to Watford and is likely to shuffle his pack again in Athens, with a trip to Fulham on the agenda over the weekend.

He says the league is very much the main priority for Burnley although he’s not about to sacrifice Europe.

“There are no ‘gimmies’ in this league. The Europa League will take care of itself as we get on with it, but this is our biggest challenge and we’ll learn more from Sunday,” Dyche added.

Burnley are 5.00 to win in Greece, with Olympiakos 1.67 and the draw 3.40.

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