Burnley Handed Tough Aberdeen Test In Debut Europa League Season

Premier League side Burnley have been handed a tricky fixture against Aberdeen in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League (UEL) after the draw took place earlier on Wednesday.

Burnley qualified for the UEL for the first time following an impressive seventh-place finish at the end of last season.

The Clarets are returning to the European scene for the first time in 51 years with an away game at Pittodrie on July 26 before hosting the Scottish Premier League side at Turf Moor on August 2.

Manager Derek McInnes and his boys are no strangers to the Europa League as they reached the third qualifying round of the competition last season.

When asked about the tough draw, Burnley manager Sean Dyche said: “Everyone knows it could have been anything, looking at the draw with the amount of different teams from different countries involved, and lo and behold we get someone just up the road.”

“But we’ve worked hard to get here and we’ll look forward to the challenge it brings.” He added during the chat with his club’s website.

On his own part, McInnes said: “We’ll be playing against a team that has done exceptionally well in what is regarded as the best league in the world.

“There are favourites in every tie and they are seeded for a good reason.

“We know we will be big underdogs for this one but we’ll be doing all we possibly can to cause an upset.” He concluded.

Aberdeen are former Cup Winners’ Cup champions after a team led by legendary Manchester United boss, Sir Alex Ferguson shocked Real Madrid to win the trophy in 1983 before winning the Super Cup against Hamburg the same year.