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BRUNO FOCUSED ON CLINCHING THE TITLE

6 May 2017

The Spaniard expressed his desire to win the league.


Brighton & Hove Albion captain Bruno stressed the importance of ending the season on a high, as the Seagulls look to secure the Sky Bet Championship title with a victory over Aston Villa on Sunday.
 
Victory for Chris Hughton’s team over Villa will guarantee top spot ahead of Newcastle United, and Bruno believes the team are ready to secure the points needed at Villa Park tomorrow.
 
He said, “It’s really important for us [winning the title], especially because we’d like to end the season winning a game, after two defeats in a row. We want to lift the trophy.
 
“This team has been playing for something until the last minute in the last two years. Last season was 48 games fighting to achieve promotion, and this season we did that in 43 games.
 
“We always play to win. It’s a tough place to go, but we've been working hard for two weeks and the team is ready to play again.
 
“It’s away, against a big crowd and team, but we’ve already shown our character a lot of times this season.”
 
After securing promotion to the Premier League, Albion will prepare themselves for life in the top flight over the summer, and Bruno highlighted the importance of keeping the winning mentality that’s served them well in the Championship.
 
“It’s really important to not lose that winning mentality. You know that you’re not going to win as many games and you have to respect the teams, but I’ve been there before, getting promoted into La Liga.
 
“Everyone was saying that we’d [Almeria] get relegated, but we finished seventh or eighth in La Liga.
 
“We have a lot of good players, and next season it might be easier for them to play in the Premier League than the Championship, you never know in football.
 
“But we can’t lose that winning mentality and character. It’s so important to keep the team spirit as well, it makes you stronger, even when you’re losing.”
 
Bruno reflected on how far the club has come during his five years with the Seagulls, before encouraging his team-mates to enjoy these special moments in their careers.
 
“It’s been an unbelievable five years for me. I’m really enjoying the football and life here. It’s great to see the club growing. I’ve also grown as a player and person, and it’s been so special.
 
“I’m quite a focused guy, that tries to think about every game I play. That makes me feel comfortable and 100 per cent focused on the match.
 
“We’re really focused on the game, but also enjoying the moment. Football goes so quickly, and if you don’t enjoy the moment, time flies.”

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