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17 June 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Liam Rosenior on stage at the 2016/17 promotion parade stage.

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Liam Rosenior urged his team-mates to believe in themselves and earn the respect of their opponents, ahead of the 2017/18 Premier League season which kicks off with Manchester City’s visit to the Amex.

Rosenior - a Manchester United supporter - is looking forward to coming up against City when they travel to the south coast in August, and backed the Seagulls to show their own strengths throughout the season.

He said, “It’s great to have Manchester City at home, but it makes you realise the task that we’ve got ahead of us. It’s such an exciting game to start with - they have world class players and a world class manager.

“It’s a great way to start the season, it’s what the Premier League is all about and we’ve earned the right to be there. But it’s not just about being there, it’s about showing what good players we are.

“If we go into games in awe of teams, then we’ll find it difficult. We have to show them respect, but hopefully by the end of the season, those teams and players will respect us.

“Every team is going to be difficult to play against, but we need to realise that playing against us is going to be difficult as well.”

For most of Albion’s promotion-winning squad, next season will be their first taste of Premier League football, and Rosenior wants to set the bar high as the Seagulls look to stabilise in England’s top division.

“The lads should want to stay in the Premier League for the rest of their careers, and that means performing on the pitch, setting high standards and not accepting defeat just because we’re not expected to win.

“We have to go into every game like we’re playing a top-six team. If we play to the levels that we have done for the last two years, then I think we’ll surprise a lot of people.

“You come up against top players in the Premier League, but you must have the belief that you’re a top player yourself, or you’re on your way to becoming one.

“We’ve played with no fear since the moment I joined the club, and we should now go into these games in the Premier League looking to show these teams what we can do.”

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