Burnley facing stiff task in second leg to keep European dream alive 1 year ago

Burnley facing stiff task in second leg to keep European dream alive

Burnley's European adventure could be coming to an end sooner rather than later

Sean Dyche was rightly praised last season for securing a place in the Europa League for his Burnley side, a spot which was confirmed when the Clarets finished the season in seventh place, just nine points off Arsenal in sixth.

Burnley's first Europa League qualification tie of the 2018/19 season came against Turkish Super Lig upstarts Istanbul Basaksehir, a tie which saw them win by one goal on aggregate.

Next up was Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen in the second qualifying round of the competition. They defeated the Dons 4-2 on aggregate.

On Thursday night though they faced a far more imposing figure in the form of Greek giants and Champions League regulars Olympiakos.

Facing the 44-time Greek champions in Athens, Dyche's side fell to a 3-1 defeat, a loss exacerbated by the sending off of new signing Ben Gibson, who recently joined the club from Championship side Middlesbrough.

The defeat leaves Burnley with a major mountain to climb in the second league, and means that an away goal from Olympiakos next week will require at least three from the Premier League outfit.

If they fail to do that, Dyche's side will have to be content with playing their matches on British soil for the foreseeable future.