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Thursday 20 September 2018

Clarets off-pitch

FEVER PITCH: Burnley boss Sean Dyche. Pic: PA
FEVER PITCH: Burnley boss Sean Dyche. Pic: PA

Sean Dyche has described the surface on which Burnley are set to play their Europa League qualifying play-off first leg against Olympiakos as "not great".

Olympiakos were granted special dispensation by UEFA over the surface, but the Clarets trained at Panionios' Nea Smyrni Stadium rather than at the Giorgios Karaiskakis Stadium in order to give the latter as much protection as possible.

Asked about the pitch, Dyche said: "It's not great, but we knew that before we came. We were made aware we'd have to train on an alternative surface they provided, which is equally not that great."

Dyche was also asked about comments made by Sam Allardyce, where he said Burnley "haven't got the squad to cope" with playing in Europe as well as the Premier League.

Dyche said: "I've got great respect for Sam Allardyce. I understand his train of thought, I don't think it's anything negative, I think it's just looking at the bigger picture. But we want to take on the challenge."

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