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Burnley boss Sean Dyche: Hannover scrapping won't affect Chelsea selection

Burnley boss Sean Dyche says the abandoning of their friendly with Hannover won't affect his team selection for the league opener with Chelsea.

Dyche backed the police's decision to call an early end to the friendly with the Bundesliga side, but said it had affected his plans, and the Clarets could yet try to squeeze a behind closed doors game in this week.

“The team (against Hannover) wasn't necessarily the team (that will start at Chelsea), but we needed key players to get some more minutes, that way we would have everyone fully match fit. That was a blow on that score," the Turf boss told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph.

“This was the finish of the main pre-season plan, so if we can rustle something up, we may do, but the players' general fitness is good.

“It would have topped up the schedule of who played what, to make sure the whole group had a similar amount of minutes in total.

“We've got a really competitive group, so we wanted to get them all to the level we needed.

“Often you get to the end of pre-season and three or four have missed out and are behind the curve, so this was our last chance to get everyone there, and it's unfortunate.

“Generally the squad is more or less there, it would have been good, some would have played 90, some 60, but we support the police advice."

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