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MURPHY ON TOUGH ATLETICO TEST

5 August 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Jamie Murphy is pre-season action against Girona.

Brighton & Hove Albion winger Jamie Murphy believes the visit of Sunday’s pre-season opponents Atletico de Madrid will provide the perfect test ahead of their Premier League opener against Manchester City.

Albion conclude their pre-season schedule against Diego Simeone’s La Liga giants at the Amex, and Murphy insists coming up against the 2016 Champions League finalists will stand them in good stead.

He said, “If we’re going to be in the Premier League, then you want to play against the best teams and test yourselves. Obviously Atletico Madrid are that kind of team, being in the Champions League final last year.

“It will be a tough test but also a great game to help us prepare for the start of the season. They’ve got a manager who worked them really hard, and they’re very good tactically.

“It will be our toughest test in pre-season, by far. I’d expect nothing less, the week before pre-season, you want to test yourselves and get up to speed.

“We’re against one of the best teams in the world, so it’s up to us to go out there and produce a good performance.”

Murphy was on the scoresheet during pre-season games against Fortuna Dusseldorf and Crawley Town, and he reflected on Albion’s pre-season campaign, before looking ahead to the club’s first-ever game in the Premier League.

“It’s gone well so far; we’ve had some good results in some tough games, which is what you want. You want to win every game, even though they’re friendlies, but the most important thing is getting minutes on the pitch.

‘It’s been a tough pre-season, but I’ve done well in the games and managed to get a couple of goals, which is always good. The aim now is to take the form we’ve had during pre-season into the Premier League.

“It will be a massive occasion for both the club and myself. The club hasn't been in the Premier League before, so no matter who it was going to be against, it was always going to be a special occasion.

“My wife, kids and parents will all be there. They were never going to miss my first game in the Premier League, so they’re really looking forward to it.”


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