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BRUNO: WE MUST ALL BE CAPTAINS

28 February 2017

The Albion skipper wants the team to share responsibility.


Brighton & Hove Albion captain Bruno has urged his team-mates to show their leadership skills on the pitch, and believes every single player needs to play like a skipper as they head into tonight’s game against Newcastle United.
 
The Seagulls welcome the Magpies to the Amex for a top-of-the-table showdown, and Bruno stressed the importance of the whole team taking responsibility to pull in the right direction.
 
He said: “The first thing I did when I was made captain was try to share my responsibilities. We can’t just think one player has to take everything on him.
 
“It’s quite important that everyone feels really important inside the group. We don’t need just one captain on the field, everyone needs to feel like a captain.
 
“Even last season when I wasn’t captain, I was still trying to help the younger players. It’s not just about the armband, it’s about the feeling inside.
 
“It’s a great feeling to be captain and it would be a nice feeling to get promoted. But it’s not just about myself, the main thing is to get promoted.”
 
The Spaniard reminisced about his younger days watching Newcastle against the club he supported as a child, and admitted he gets excited for every game in a busy season of Championship football.
 
“Newcastle are a massive club. Because I’m a Barcelona supporter, I watched the Champions League with [Faustino] Asprilla and the amazing players Newcastle had.
 
“To come here and play against Newcastle is a big thing for me. But there’s 46 games in the Championship, so I look forward to all of them.
 
“We approach every game with the same intensity, basics and routine. We don’t change anything and that’s the main thing.
 
“Every step that we take is going to get us closer to the Premier League. We’ve got another one [v Newcastle] and a big one as well, because the opponents have a strong team.
 
“They’ve got a lot of good players and it’s always tougher to play against this type of team. A win isn’t just three points, it would also be a big thing for our confidence.”

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The 36-year-old is yet to find his name on the scoresheet this season, and although he’d like to add to his six goals for the club, keeping clean sheets means more to the skipper.
 
“Since I came, I’ve at least scored once every season. I’m hoping I can score again this season to help the team, but of course, as a defender, keeping clean sheets is the most important thing.
 
“Every single goal that we concede is a big thing, and that’s really important. When we keep clean sheets, it’s not just the defenders that are happy, everyone is involved.
 
“We know it’s one of our biggest strengths. We know that if we keep a clean sheet, we normally win the game.”

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