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Olympiacos are the visitors to Turf Moor tonight and the respective managers have had their say ahead of the fixture.

The Olympiacos boss Pedro Martins saw his side take a two goal lead seven days ago with a 3-1 victory in Greece but he wasn’t too keen to agree with Sean Dyche that they are now the favourites.

“I don’t accept that,” he said. “We all know how good a side Burnley may be at home. They finished 7th in last season’s Premier League.

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“We want to be competitive and keep the same fighting spirit. We have an advantage but Burnley will try to overturn the first leg deficit and we have to be very cautious. We have to be well organised, maintain a good pace and quality against a really good side that be really dangerous on the attack.

“The first leg result is by no means a guarantee. Burnley will not change the way they play. Like in our home match’s last ten minutes of the first half, they will try to create troubles for us from the very first minute. They are really strong in attack and we have to stay true to our style of play and philosophy.”

Dyche has seen his team, uncharacteristically, conceded ten goals in the last three games and he said: “We definitely want to get back to the basic principles of what we do, because I think that’s important. We’ve got a strong identity here, for the right reasons, and we have reminded the players of that identity and what it stands for.

“I had a discussion with them in the week and made it clear to them this was always going to be a discussion point because of the Europa League and the Premier League and how it comes together. We had a chat about various things; where we’re at, changing the squad, changing the team and how we’re finding everything.

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“The feedback was positive about we know what we are and how we can keep moving it forward and we need to get back somewhat to that, because we have just lost our way a little bit with some of the defensive principles; the team that is – the team, not just the back five which is often just thought of as defending, the whole team principle of defending.

“It’s not a million miles away, though. Sometimes you have to hold your hand up and credit the opposition, but being the greedy manager like I am, defensively, you always think you can stop everything.”

Looking at tonight’s game, he added: “You go for it in a sensible manner. You don’t want to be out of it before you’re in it. They have something to keep, we have something to go after. Does it affect tactics? Probably.

“You have to build a tempo and a feel in the stadium, which doesn’t often allow patience, you have to build a tempo to the performance. On the other hand games can change quickly over 90 odd minutes, so you don’t need to score first minute.

“Seize the fact you are underdogs in a European competition and use that as a strength and a power and take that challenge on. There will be a stadium of people wanting to do that.”

He spoke about the fans, who he lauded last week after the away leg. “I think they’ll be very important,” he said. “I think there will be good numbers for starters. I think like us the fans believe the tie is still alive, so I think they’ll get behind the team.

“I’m expecting the crowd to get behind the team like they do, Turf Moor under lights has been a special thing ever since I’ve been here. To make it even more special you’ve got to deliver a performance. That can ignite the energy of a crowd, while the crowd can ignite the team as well, so we want them to get behind the team as well.”

 

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