Date: 11th August 2017 at 6:59pm
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Manager Sean Dyche and new signing Jon Walters have both been previewing the clash later today against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media for his pre game press conference, Dyche said of the challenge that awaited us.

‘It`s a tough start, but you have to play everyone at some stage. We are in the Premier league for the second successive season, which everyone wanted, so you can`t pick and choose. They are a fine side but the bigger picture is it`s about a season`s work, not tomorrow. The first five or six away games are really tough, but we take them on, as we always do. But you can`t measure yourself on one, two three or five games. It`s about a whole season`s work, and that`s what we showed last season.’

In terms of injury news, only long term Dean Marney is missing and Dyche went on to say.

‘Chelsea have lost a couple through injuries and situations that have changed. They`ve equally brought people in, so how quickly can they mould that team? All I know is they are still a very strong group of players and it will be interesting to see. I think it`s fair to say Chelsea are a powerful team and will probably be right up there again this year.’

He added.

‘We have a team that is right in any given game, but If you lose a game, ok, then you lose. But if you do that while working to win that`s a different mentality and we are always working to win. The minimum requirement remains the maximum effort and we want a group who give everything. That`s one of our intentions, them of course to add in the detail to make the right mix.’

Speaking as well, Walters said that he was undaunted by the trip to the reigning Champions.

‘You know it`s hard work in pre-season. It`s always the same, whichever club you`re at. It`s about getting fit and getting through injury-free. Now it`s down to business. It`s a different feel to the week.’

He added.

‘You wake up on a Monday morning in the week leading up to a Premier League season and you can`t wait to get going. It`s a tough start, but one we`re relishing. Sometimes it`s a good time to play the bigger teams, early on in the season. Perhaps they haven`t gelled as much, or made the signings they want. It`s a difficult game, but it`s only a team of 11 names and hopefully we will go out there and put on a good performance and get a result we want. Bring it on.’

With four of our first five coming against last season’s top four, Walters knew it would be a battle but coming in from Stoke that’s not exactly knew to him.

‘You get written off. I think as a player I have been as well, down the years, many a time. It`s always nice to prove people wrong. People might look at you and you`re not a fashionable name. But there are good players here and the title of underdog might suit you going into games. That might be the case, but that`s not what we`re feeling inside the building.’

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