Vincent Kompany outlines Burnley's approach to the international break after tough start to the season

Vincent Kompany believes the international break will offer his Burnley side a valuable opportunity for a “mental break” following a challenging start to the season.
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Sixteen days will have passed by the time Kompany’s men return to action later this month with a trip to the City Ground to face Nottingham Forest.

Before then, 15 players will jet off on international duty, but those that stay behind will get the opportunity to rest and put their feet up.

Outlining Burnley’s plans for the fortnight without a game, Kompany says the break will allow some of his players a "physical top-up”.

He said: “We have a lot of internationals now!

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: Vincent Kompany, Manager of Burnley, looks on prior to the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Aston Villa at Turf Moor on August 27, 2023 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)BURNLEY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: Vincent Kompany, Manager of Burnley, looks on prior to the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Aston Villa at Turf Moor on August 27, 2023 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)
BURNLEY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: Vincent Kompany, Manager of Burnley, looks on prior to the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Aston Villa at Turf Moor on August 27, 2023 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

“It’s funny because my first year, the first international break around this time we had about 20 to 25 players staying back and I wasn’t used to that. For the entirety of my career I’ve always been in squads where there’s five players training with the Under-21s during the international break.

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“I think we’re getting to that stage now, because nearly everyone is going somewhere.

“Some of the senior players will stay of course, so the international break for us is a moment to give them a bit of a mental break or a physical top-up and we can individualise it a little bit which is good for us.”