Sean Dyche admits Burnley have ‘one eye’ on Manchester United clash as they attempt to overturn two-goal deficit against Olympiacos and reach Europa League group stage
- Burnley aiming to overturn 3-1 first leg deficit against Greek side Olympiacos
- The Clarets are desperate to reach the group stages of the Europa League
- But manager Sean Dyche said Sunday’s Man United clash could be a distraction
- Burnley would heap further pressure on United boss Jose Mourinho with win
The Clarets are 3-1 down heading into Thursday night’s second leg at Turf Moor and Dyche is desperate to progress to the group stages.
The manager did, however, claim his staff cannot help but begin looking at the match-up with beleaguered Jose Mourinho.
Sean Dyche has Sunday’s Manchester United clash in mind as Burnley try to overcome a 3-1 deficit in the second leg of their Europa League play-off with Greek club Olympiacos
Dyche leads Burnley’s training session on Wednesday ahead of Thursday’s second-leg match
The Clarets are desperate to reach the Europa League group stages on their European return
‘We’ve got to have an eye on Sunday in reality but it is only one eye,’ Dyche said.
‘We’ve had a tough start in the league with all the complications. But I’ve made it clear to the players we focus on this.
‘The positives of this competition is the badge of honour: Burnley in Europe. One of our ex-players said yesterday he didn’t think he’d ever see the day.
‘The only thing that’s stretched us is the squad situation with Robbie (Brady) and Steven (Defour), and the market. If we’d got those two things right then it would’ve been fantastic. It’s just stretched us, that’s all.
Chris Wood heads the ball in training as Burnley prepare to meet Olympiacos once again
Kevin Long gets his ear flicked by two team-mates during Burnley’s training session
Long flicks the ear of Ashley Barnes during further training antics on Wednesday
Goalkeeper Joe Hart makes a save as Burnley prepare at their Barnfield Training Centre
Tom Heaton makes a flying save as he stakes his claim for the gloves ahead of Thursday
Premier League unless stated
Thursday Olympiacos (H) Agg: 1-3
Europa League play-off, second leg
Sunday Manchester United (H)
September 16 Wolves (A)
September 22 Bournemouth (H)
September 30 Cardiff City (A)
October 6 Huddersfield Town (H)
‘We’ve been clear-minded with changing the side. There has been a good edge to the performances. The players are enjoying it. We remind them what we stand for, what we are as a team.’
Defender Kevin Long – set to start alongside Ben Gibson again – revealed Burnley are ready to throw caution to the wind in a bid to arrest the two-goal deficit.
‘We know what we have to do,’ Long said. ‘We want to hopefully score an early goal. We want to go and win the game.
‘It takes the shackles off, we need to go and attack and score goals. If the fans get behind us it’ll see us step up another gear.’