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8 August 2017

Brighton & Hove Albion captain Bruno says the team will approach Saturday’s Premier League opener against Manchester City with no fear, and the aim should be to unsettle Pep Guardiola’s side as much as possible.
Albion head into the season opener after a promising display in Sunday’s narrow 3-2 friendly defeat to Atletico Madrid, and Bruno is relishing the challenge of taking on another top-class side.
He said, “We are positive and we are going to play to win the game. They have top players, but it is just 11 v 11 on the pitch and we need them to be uncomfortable.
“If they want to get something here, then they have to show their quality. If not, then we’re going to be ready to get the three points.
“We know it’s going to be a special day because it’s the first Premier League game at the Amex, and the first Premier League game for the club. But it’s not a party for us and we need to win. It’s our first game at home and we know how important our home games are.
“They cannot feel comfortable, or feel like they can play their football. Every time one of their players goes towards goal, one of us needs to be next to them.”
The Spaniard also expressed his admiration for compatriot Guardiola and how the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager sticks to his principles of playing.
“For me he is a brilliant manager because of his personality; he wants to play his football and doesn’t want to change.
“That shows a lot of personality and character. When you also have the players he has, that makes it a massive challenge for us. It’s going to be a tough game.”

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