Albion's captain welcomes the added scrutiny which comes from being near the top.
Brighton & Hove Albion captain Bruno insists his team-mates thrive on the high expectations at the top end of the Sky Bet Championship, as the Seagulls prepare to take on Queens Park Rangers at the Amex on Tuesday.
The 36-year-old believes last weekend’s comeback victory over Birmingham City is a prime example of Albion’s mentality this season, and urged his team-mates to extend their 16-game unbeaten run at the Amex.
He said, “We love the pressure. We always play to win and I think we showed that in our last game at Birmingham; we were 1-0 down, scored the equaliser and tried to score the second one straight away.
“That’s our mentality and if you want to be there [automatic promotion places], you have to win every game, and we like that pressure.
“I didn’t think we’d be eight points clear in December, but it’s a great position to be in. We cannot relax and we won’t, this team is thinking game by game about getting three points.
“But we know how difficult it will be to beat QPR, and even though they haven’t had good results lately, I’ve watched a few of their games and they’re playing well.
“They’ve been unlucky with some decisions and goals, so I think it’s going to be a really tough game.”
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The Spaniard highlighted the healthy atmosphere created amongst the first-team playing squad, and praised the newest members of Albion’s team for their contribution this season.
“They settled in so quickly; we’ve got good characters that create a good atmosphere, and even after the disappointment of last season, we showed the character to come back.
“They’ve given us plenty of things. Glenn [Murray] is scoring lots of goals, but it’s not just his goals, he’s so competitive and has great experience.
“Shane [Duffy] and Ollie [Norwood] as well, their performances have been unbelievable. We’re so solid with Shane at the back and with Ollie in midfield.
“He didn’t start the season playing, but his performances were really good after a few games, he’s played well when coming in and out, and that’s so important.”
The Seagulls occupy second position in the Championship, and Bruno admitted getting to the Premier League would be a fantastic achievement.
“For myself, it’s not just about playing in the Premier League, even though it would be an unbelievable experience, it’s about getting that dream for the club.
“We’ve been growing together, the club has done everything to be ready, and it would be the best day of my life, when we’re speaking about football.”
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