Burnley boss Sean Dyche accepts pre-season might be shortened to complete the current Premier League campaign

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Sean Dyche accepts clubs might have to face up to shortened pre-season preparations, if that means completing the current campaign.

Dyche believes Premier League clubs have to be open to the options as regards finishing the remaining fixtures, ahead of the 2020/21 season.

UEFA have given leagues a deadline of May 25th to "communicate the planned restart of their domestic competitions — including the date of restart and the competition format.”

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Games are almost certainly set to be behind closed doors, but the top tier is still working towards completing the last 92 games of the season - of which Burnley have nine to play.

Dyche said on Sky Sports News this morning: "If they say, 'look, we've got this window to work with', then we're going to have to be as flexible as we can within safety reasons of course.

"It's such a peculiar time. I think personally that if we can get this up and running, it would be great, but we're going to have to roll with what it offers and if that means a condensed pre-season then so be it, it's a condensed pre-season.

"If it means football can get back out there then I think that's a good thing.

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"It's good for us because of what we do, and also for millions of people who love football, so I think that could be a positive out of a tough situation.

"If that can be achieved in a shorter period then I think that's the way it goes.

"I think all clubs would work towards that in the idea of getting the games done."

The government are reportedly eager to get sports up and running again, although specific criteria will have to be met.

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Dyche said in Express Sport earlier this month: “I think if it was that or nothing, I’d take behind closed doors all day.

“It would be such a weird thing not to finish a season."

And, Dyche added: "At the end of the day you are a professional footballer, not just a footballer.

"Whatever is required then that's part of your profession and if we need to play behind closed doors, which it strongly looks like we will have to, then that's an adaptation the players will have to make and the staff will have to make.

"It will certainly feel different, certainly odd in the sense that the feeling the crowd brings to a performance will be missing, but people will still be watching (on television) so there should still be that little burst of adrenaline you need to make sure you're really on top of what you do."