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Burnley are back home tonight after games in Turkey and Southampton and, ahead of this Europa League 2nd qualifying round 2nd leg game, both managers spoke yesterday.

İstanbul Başakşehir boss Abdullah Avcı was somewhat critical of our style of play in the first leg, but he expects a different Burnley tonight. Speaking at the press conference, he said: “In the first game, Burnley got what they wanted because they had no obligation to win. Now they have the obligation to win so I’m expecting them to play in a different way. In the first game we had more possession of the ball and we dominated the game.

“We’re aware there will be supporter pressure here, even while playing at home we felt the pressure of their supporters. They supported the team very well in Istanbul, but we have a group of players who can handle this pressure.

“We want to have the possession of the ball. I have total confidence in my team and I believe we will qualify. We have the power and the quality to do that.”

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Speaking about us, he added: “Burnley is a team that play an old style of English football, which is direct with long balls and not leaving the centre empty. They always try to keep the centre crowded with their players, probably this is what they will do.

“I watched their last game against Southampton and when they past the halfway like they tried to play. We know when to play and when to press. We’re ready for all the circumstances.”

Sean Dyche hinted at making changes and said: “We think we are a strong side here, no matter what side we put out.

“We want to make it feel different and there were certainly strong signs of that against Aberdeen, when I thought there was a tremendous atmosphere, in both games. At home I thought there was a real energy to the crowd and a buzz about it and we want that again. They know every game is a big one and they know they have a group that gives everything and they know we need their support. That’s an ongoing thing and we want it to be there.”

It’s been two 0-0 draws on the road and Dyche added: “Games can be won on small margins. I thought we were very productive down at Southampton and we want that to be a continuing theme. We want to make more chances and be more clinical in the top third of the pitch, but that’s an ongoing thing, not something you can flick a switch on, unless you go out and spend gazillions of pounds, which some do.

“We have to develop a side that can continue to do that and I think there are signs and we are trying to make better quality chances. We certainly did at Southampton and, of course, we want to take that into the next game.”

 

 

 

 

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