Dyche: We can handle pressure

Burnley boss Sean Dyche says his team can handle the pressure of the Premier League ahead of Monday’s opener with Chelsea.

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Sean Dyche: We can handle pressure

Sean Dyche: We can handle pressure

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Chelsea will bring a galaxy of international stars to Turf Moor but Dyche insists that the Clarets will not be overawed.

Looking back to the 2-0 win over Wigan in April that clinched promotion for Burnley, the manager said: “There were some big games last year, people forget that.

"We played Wigan and delivered a fantastic performance, and that's probably the biggest game these players have played in a long time, because that one clinches what you're trying to do, and that means a lot to the club, a lot financially, a lot to the area, and of course the kudos of getting promoted.

"It's fair to say the first one against Chelsea, massive club, coming to Turf Moor under the lights with the TV cameras, that's a big game in itself.

"So it's how the players respond. We work hard on the training pitch to allow them the chance to deliver when that moment comes."

"I got the feeling last season that there was a true belief with the fans and the player connection," added Dyche.

"I think they really felt they had a group who were totally motivated towards the shirt and the club and the cause. They've come to really understand that and the positivity around that.

"They certainly will know we need that because the task has gone up again. We want the fans to stay with us of course and they did do last season, even when we had a couple of testing times at home.

"We'd go a goal down and there was a calmness to the stadium, a belief that the group would keep going.

"We're renowned for that, we are relentless in the way that we work and the way we approach games and deliver. We're looking to make sure that's still intact.

"The size of some of the clubs we're coming across, some of the players, no guarantees from us.

"But what we are looking to guarantee is that we're ready, we're able, we're certainly mentally and physically motivated to go and deliver performances. Where that takes us we'll only know once the season gets off and running.

"There's always confidence because you believe in how you work, your staff work and your players work. That's what coaching and management is about.

"But you can only get to that point when you're ready. When that whistle blows, it really is down to players and how they perform. That's the magic moment.

"We're obviously looking to show we can at least be competitive, give good performances and see where that takes us."

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