Head Coach Presser

Thursday 23 August 2018 16:15

Slaviša Jokanović believes Burnley will embrace the engorged schedule that comes from balancing Premier League football with a European campaign.

The Clarets are currently in Greece as they face Olympiakos on Thursday evening in their Europa League Play-Off, just three days before heading to Craven Cottage.

But our Head Coach says it is the sort of problem that clubs should be embracing.

“The last two-and-a-half years I played Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday!” Jokanović stated. “They cannot complain. They had great success last season.

“Many people are talking about the Europa League and these kinds of successful steps that this team made.

“They were a promoted team [in 2014] and then relegated after the first attempt. Then they came back to the Premier League, survived one year, and then this last year had some really great achievements for Burnley.

“I believe it’s not only one year, they’ve played with confidence for a few years, and in the end they are enjoying this situation playing Sunday, Thursday, Sunday, Thursday.

“We are going to try to find some kind of benefit from this game they are going to play tonight, but in the end we know what Burnley are about. They are never tired, they are running and fighting like a really crazy gang.

“I have respect for them, respect for how they play football, and respect for all the successful steps they have made these few seasons.”

Sean Dyche won plenty of deserved respect for leading Burnley to a seventh placed finish last term, and Jokanović expects his team will only get better as their cohesion goes from strength to strength.

“They are one of the most settled teams in this competition,” he explained. “They know each other and how they want to play, what the targets are for these players.

“The beginning of the season can be tough for us for this reason – we don’t have this continuity, this time to know each other.

“I know our supporters, after two games, are going to expect some points. I expect we are going to find a great atmosphere in our stadium, like always last year.

“They were crucial in the past for our promotion, and I am sure we are going to find this support from the stands in the next game, too.

“We need to be competitive. We understand all the games present a chance to win, and this is another chance for us on Sunday afternoon.

“We know what we need, we need the victory, and we are going to try to force the situation to win the points.”

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