Burnley News: Dyche keeping Clarets grounded

5 months ago

In the latest Burnley news, manager Sean Dyche is eager to keep his troops grounded as they bid to secure Europa League football for next season.

The Clarets took another step closer to securing European football for next season with a 2-1 victory over Leicester City on Saturday.

With five games of the season left to play, Burnley are now nine points clear of the Foxes and look destined to secure seventh spot in the Premier League table.

Finishing in seventh this term will be enough to qualify for the Europa League unless Southampton manage to win the FA Cup.

Despite being in such a promising position, Dyche is refusing to get carried away with the hope of Europa League football next summer.

“Our story is still about getting as many points as we can get,” said Dyche. “Who knows what it will bring but we will just wait and see.”

Meanwhile Clarets keeper Nick Pope continues to impress between the sticks of the Lancashire outfit as he competes for a starting role with England at the World Cup in Russia this summer.

England, who are 18/1 with bet365 to go on and win the 2018 World Cup, have four keepers competing for a starting role, with Joe Hart, Jack Butland and Jordan Pickford also in contention.

However Dyche has backed his man Pope and feels the shot-stopper continues to stand out with his performances.

“Our goalkeeper was outstanding,” he told Sky Sports. “It’s not easy for Gareth [Southgate, England manager]. It’s not easy for any manager to pick a team let alone a squad to go to such an important tournament.

“But he [Pope] has had a very good season, a very strong season.”

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