Sean Dyche has no regrets over Burnley’s Europa League adventure – EXCLUSIVE

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SEAN DYCHE has joined the jet-set life of European football – and he has no regrets about it.

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Sean Dyche says Burnley’s busy schedule is a privilege

The Burnley boss flew home from Istanbul after their Europa League goalless draw with Basaksehir on Thursday and unpacked late on Friday night.

Then Dyche and the Clarets hit the road again to the south coast to face Southampton in their Premier League opener this lunchtime to complete a whirlwind five days.

But Dyche does not want to stop the world and get off.

He is handling the manic Euro and Premier League schedules despite having to compete with a depleted squad, after being hampered by injuries and a lack of transfer window signings.

“We are going to have to dig in for the next few weeks until players start getting back to full fitness”

Sean Dyche

Dyche said: “That’s the new challenge to all of us. People will judge that but this is not the time to judge it because of the diluted group we have got anyway.

“The injuries, the lack of some players having the right fitness levels. It is what it is.

“We are going to have to dig in for the next few weeks until players start getting back to full fitness. This early part is going to be about getting players fit and doing the best with the players available, then hopefully getting stronger.”

“Our fans certainly wanted this competition. We wanted to be in the competition and the lads have earned the right to be here.

“So you take what comes with it. You take all the challenges as well.

“It’s probably been the most trying transfer window I have been through as a manager.

“A few of the more experienced managers I keep in touch with said that it’s been the worst they have witnessed.

“It’s very, very difficult. We are going to have to dig in in the next few weeks until players come back to full fitness.”

Dyche is clearly frustrated that he could only bring in Ben Gibson, Matej Vydra and Joe Hart to freshen up his squad.

But his and Burnley’s European adventure is one bright spot at the start of the season.

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