Self-belief is the key says Maupay

Albion will relish tackling the Premier League's big hitters, says French striker.

By Bruce Talbot • 29 June 2020

By Paul Hazlewood
Neal Maupay in action against Arsenal when he scored in a 2-1 Albion win.

Neal Maupay says the strong sense of self-belief among the Albion squad has been key to their productive start since the Premier League resumed.

Games against Arsenal and Leicester City looked like a tough start to the mini-season of nine games between now and the end of the campaign but Albion beat the Gunners 2-1 and then drew 0-0 at third-placed Leicester, when Maupay missed a penalty for the first time in his professional career. 

It has given Graham Potter’s men a six-point cushion above the relegation zone ahead of another tough fixture against Manchester United at the Amex on Tuesday.

Maupay, who scored his ninth goal of the season to seal a stoppage-time victory over Arsenal, says those two performances prove the players have no inferiority complex when it comes to tackling the League’s big hitters.

“We have a lot of quality at Brighton,” he said.

“Very good players, manager and staff. When we look at the other teams we truly believe we can beat them and stay in the Premier League. Since the matches started, and really since we came back to training, we have been focused and worked hard.

“We respect our opponents because they all have good players but beating Arsenal gave us a lot of confidence.

“It’s unfortunate we couldn’t get three points at Leicester but there is nothing sad about drawing there.

"Four points from six is really good but there is still seven games to go. Anything can happen – but it’s been a good start for us and we can build on this.”