Dyche refuses to blame Europa League for Burnley’s Premier League struggles

Sean Dyche has refused to blame Burnley’s current Premier League struggles on their involvement in the Europa League.

The Clarets were one of the Premier League‘s most resolute sides last season, achieving a hugely impressive 7th placed finish and subsequently qualifying for Europe.

However, that meant that Burnley‘s first game would be all the way back on July 26, and today’s 4-2 defeat against Fulham was already their eighth game of the season, with the second leg of their must-win playoff against Olympiakos still to come on Thursday.

Having only made a handful of additions to their already slender squad in the summer, despite the added workload that the Europa League brings, Burnley have picked up just one point in the first three Premier League games of the season, shipping seven goals in the process. However, the gravely voiced Burnley boss Sean Dyche has refused to blame their involvement in Europe on their struggles.

“Fulham had a good season last season but they have added some quality,” Dyche told the BBC.

“It was a fair shift of money. But I thought they were the better side overall. They had the best player on the pitch in Mitrovic.

“It’s about working hard as well as smart. The players have been peppered with messages of ‘it’s too much being in the Europa League’. You can’t make excuses because everyone wanted that challenge at the club.

“Things aren’t going our way with injuries. We didn’t get as many in in the market as we’d like to help us across two competitions. We have to concentrate on what’s in front of us and that’s the next game.”

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