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25 July 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Liam Rosenior

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Liam Rosenior says the squad are using pre-season to claim a place in the line-up to face Manchester City on Saturday 12th August.
Rosenior feels the players are in good shape to face to the Premier League giants and that they can take confidence from their performances in the previous two seasons.
He said, “Everyone wants to be involved, to start that first game and stake their claim for the shirt. That’s a great thing to have, you want that competition for places.
“I’m sure the club are going to bring more faces in, and they’ll add to what we’ve already got. We have to remember, with all this talk of big transfer fees, that we’ve got a squad that’s gained 90 points over two Championship seasons.
“We’re in a strong position already and I’m sure there are plenty of players in this group that will go on to prove that they’re top Premier League players as well.”
The experienced full-back reflected on Saturday’s emphatic 6-0 victory at Crawley Town, and revealed that all the players are in good shape ahead of tonight’s match against Southend United at Roots Hall.
“It was a good work out. The lads came back for pre-season in great shape, and the motivation to prove that we’re good Premier League players goes a long way for that.
“Every day that you train during pre-season makes a huge difference to your fitness. We work really hard at the training ground, day-in day-out - and we have the best facilities.
“Everything is done with heart-rate monitors and it’s measured how far we run. So far we’ve hit all of the targets and we’re on track for how fit we need to be for the first game.
“We need to make sure that we’ve got a fit squad that’s challenging each other week-in week-out, in what’s going to be a really hard league this year.”
The defender also hailed the impact of new signings Markus Suttner and Pascal Gross since they arrived, with the latter scoring a cracking goal at Crawley.
“It was a great finish from Pascal and since he’s come in, he’s been fantastic. Markus has got real quality with his left foot, and not only are they good players, they fit into our ethos.
“They’re hard-working, down-to-earth guys that want to do well for the club. It feels like they’ve been here for ages. They’re two really good guys and great players.
“Every player is important. What Pascal brings is something different. We played 4-4-2 a lot of the time last season and we know we can play that system.
“But to have a number ten that can play between the lines and play from deeper, is another really good weapon to have. So far he’s shown his quality in training and games; he can play with both feet and his set-pieces are great, as well as his open play.”

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