Evening Express

McInnes ahead of Burnley Europa League clash: We are not down here to be good old Aberdeen who put up a fight

Aberdeen Manager Derek McInnes at Turf Moor last night

As a team from the richest league in the world, Dons boss Derek McInnes reckons all the pressure is on Burnley tonight.

The Clarets are favourites to progress to a third qualifying round tie with Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir.

Aberdeen need to score tonight having conceded an away goal in the 1-1 draw at Pittodrie in the first leg.

McInnes, pictured, aims to win the tie and does not want to tagged as “gallant losers” against the English top flight outfit.

McInnes said: “I think they will feel that pressure, but the expectation is that Burnley will take care of the game and it’s up to us to change that.”

Burnley are competing in Europe for the first time in 52 years, while this is the Reds’ fifth straight season in the Europa League under McInnes.

Talking at Turf Moor ahead of the tie, he said: “You take confidence from any positive experience whether that’s winning in Europe previously, winning cups or winning at Celtic Park or Ibrox.

“When you harness all those positive experiences, it can not just lift the profile of the club but lift the confidence of a player individually.

“But I’d rather be talking about that if we achieved it rather than what might happen.

“We’ve got it all to do, a tie to try and win and it’s a difficult task to win away to an English Premier League team.

“I have always found in Europe against one of the better teams, and Burnley are one of the best we’ve seen in Europe, that you normally need two strong performances. One is not enough. So, we are well aware of that.

“Burnley are favourites and I totally understand that. The goal last week puts them in the box seat and the onus is on us to score and I am confident we can do that.”

Burnley have a £37 million wage budget and splashed out a club record transfer fee of £15m on Chris Wood last summer.

They could yet smash that record before the transfer window closes on August 9 having banked £120m for finishing seventh in the Premier League.

Clarets boss Sean Dyche reckons budgets and cash differences “go out the window” when the game starts.

McInnes agrees: “I totally get that. As soon as that ball rolls, there is a game to be won.

“I was asked last week about the difference between the clubs and while I said there wasn’t a difference in terms of size and tradition, the league Burnley operate in means the financial gap is huge. My players will set about their task and we will see where we go.

“We are not down here to be gallant losers, or to be good old Aberdeen who put up a fight and were better than people thought. Our aim is to get through to tie. It was since the draw was made.”

Aberdeen will be backed by a 2,400 strong travelling support at Turf Moor tonight having quickly sold their allocation.

McInnes said: “We could have had more fans if we had a bigger allocation, but our fans normally make themselves heard on the road, domestically but certainly in Europe. “

Defender Andy Considine is available having been ruled out of the first leg with illness.