Europa League: Burnley 'excited' for Aberdeen tie - James Tarkowski

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Burnley will face Istanbul Basaksehir next if they beat Aberdeen
Aberdeen v Burnley
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium Date: Thursday, 26 July Kick-off: 19:45 BST
Coverage: Listen live on BBC Radio 5 live and live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

Burnley's players are excited as they prepare to play in the club's first European match for 51 years, says defender James Tarkowski.

The Clarets face Scottish Premiership Aberdeen in the second qualifying round of the Europa League on Thursday.

"The whole feel of it will be exciting for the fans and for ourselves," said Tarkowski.

The club had to cancel Wednesday's scheduled news conference because of a delayed flight from Manchester.

It took place early on Thursday, but the Clarets could be punished for failing to hold the conference during the designated time period stipulated by governing body Uefa.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche said his side's preparations had not been affected by the delay because they had a training session on Wednesday morning.

"It was no problem at all," he said. "It sometimes happens - the flight had a technical problem and we were delayed a bit.

"But we were flying out of Manchester and most of our players live in the south west of the city so they popped home for a couple of hours. So it was no big drama."

Burnley finished seventh in the Premier League in 2017-18, taking them back into Europe for the first time since 1967, when they featured in the old Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.

"We want to go as far as we can," added 25-year-old Tarkowski, who was on England's World Cup standby list before withdrawing because he needed a hernia operation.

"It would be daft to go and waste it in the first round of qualifying."

The second leg takes place at Turf Moor on 2 August at 19:45 BST.

If Burnley overcome Aberdeen, they still have two more rounds to negotiate before the group stage, and would face Istanbul Basaksehir next.

'Massive belief'

Captain Graeme Shinnie says the Aberdeen players have no inferiority complex and believe they can take a first-leg lead to Turf Moor.

Shinnie, who won his first caps for Scotland in the summer friendlies with Peru and Mexico, points to wins in Europe against Croatians Rijeka and Eredivisie side Groningen to show that Aberdeen are capable of causing an upset.

"There's massive belief," said the 26-year-old. "We've had some top teams come here and we've beat them.

"We're coming off the back of beating Celtic away last season. It's these sort of results that give you that belief.

"What a game it'll be, what an atmosphere, and what a game it'll be to win."

Shinnie says Aberdeen relish these occasions, having reached the third qualifying round four years running.

He said: "They finished seventh in the English Premier League and what an unbelievable achievement that is. So we know what's ahead of us, but we know what we need to do to try and win the game.

"The West Brom game, even though it was only a friendly, it showed what we can do against top quality opposition. They were in the Premier League last year.

"Two teams will be going at it knowing what's at stake. We love these games and it's one that we're looking forward to."

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