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Burnley Preview | Graeme Shinnie

July 25, 2018 5:22 pm Author: AFC Media Team

“Everyone’s looking forward to the game, we’ve had a good pre-season and the boys have worked hard. The West Brom game was the best challenge that we’ve had in terms of stepping up to the level that we know Burnley are capable of, so it was good to have that before Thursday’s game and during the week there’s been a lot of excitement for the game coming up.

“It will be a big challenge, everyone knows that.

“They finished 7th in the Premier League which is an unbelievable achievement. So we know what’s ahead of us but we know what we need to try and do to win the game.

“Talk of the gulf between Scottish and English football will never get into our heads, the West Brom game was good for that. Although it was a friendly and they maybe weren’t going full pelt, that game showed what we can do when we come up against teams of that quality, they were a Premier League team last year so there is nothing being said in the dressing room about the gulf. We’re going to go out there and exploit their weaknesses.

“It’s always good to have experience in these competitions, but it will be different again with being the ‘Battle of Britain’. Usually we don’t have much knowledge of our European opponents, we’ll do as much research as we can but won’t know a lot about different teams, places and atmospheres. But we know more what sort of game we’re going into on Thursday. These games are very different from cup and league games over here but the boys have got experience in these games which will help us.”

“They’re a Premier League team and they’ll know what to expect, they’ll come up here desperate to win the game as well. It will be one of those games with two teams going at it, knowing what’s at stake, and it’s one that we are looking forward to.”

“I don’t think Burnley will take their eye off the ball, it’s a European tie so they’ll know that we are well up for it. It’s these games that we love, and I think they will know they can’t take it lightly, I don’t think they will judging by how they did last year. They are a hard-working team who give everything, so I doubt they would ever take a game lightly and we will be going into the game at full pelt trying to win it.

“There is massive belief here, we’ve already had some top teams come here and we’ve beat them. We beat Rijeka away who were another top team, we’re also coming off the back of an away win against Celtic and it’s these sorts of results that give you belief. Thursday is another game where we will have the full backing from Pittodrie which will be a massive help to us. That atmosphere will help us massively, but we still have to go out and try to win the game.”

“The main thing is that we play well, keep a good shape, don’t give them any easy chances and hopefully we can sneak one in, so hopefully a win and a clean sheet.”
“Burnley like to keep their shape and can be hard to break down, which teams found out last season.

“Defensively they did so well but they have also got good attacking quality which we need to guard against. So we need to take all of that into consideration and have a good game plan going into it.

“I like to be confident and have as much belief as I can, it’s good coming off the back of a very good summer that I’ve had, but these games are a lot different to what it was with the national team. It all comes down to experience – experience will always help you in these games.

“It should be a great game with a great atmosphere, and what a game it would be to win. Naturally we would have probably enjoyed an easier tie but that’s the draw and you have to take it as it comes. It’s a tie that when it came out I was excited for and I am really looking forward to it.

“It’s always been difficult to try and get to the group stages, usually we need to get through three rounds to get to that play-off round which is always tough at the start of the new season with new players and a new squad. We’ve come inches away from getting to that play-off over the last couple of years which has been disappointing. While I’ve been here I’ve always thought we could go that one step further, but it is a tough task to go all the way and it’s one that I would love to do.

“Proving that Scottish football is better than it’s perceived down south has never been our priority. We have much more important things to focus on, we have a Europa league game that we are desperate to win so none of that stuff comes into our head.

“Fresh faces always give a new lease of life; the new signings came in today and trained well. It’s always good to freshen things up and it keeps everyone on their toes, new competition is always good for the squad.

“The influence of the fans is massive, last year against Apollon shows that. The atmosphere in that game was unreal and it really pushed us on the get that home win. We’ll have to try and go down there with a win, the crowd know that and I think that is why they always back us so well in these games and we’ll need them again tomorrow night.”


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