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HUGHTON LOOKS AHEAD TO PREMIER LEAGUE CHALLENGE

18 May 2017

Albion's manager has already turned his attentions to keeping the club in the top flight.


Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton believes winning the games against the newest members of the Premier League will be crucial in the club’s battle to stay in England’s top flight next season.

Although Hughton didn’t rule out securing victories over the giants of the Premier League, the 58-year-old insists Albion’s chances of avoiding relegation will be boosted with positive against their closest rivals.

He said, ”There is no doubt that for any team going from the Championship to the Premier League, you have got to win the games around you, against teams that are recently promoted.

"You know wins against (Manchester) United, Arsenal and Chelsea are very difficult to come by.

"It doesn't mean you can't deal with them, but the law of averages say the way you are going to stay in the Premier League is by winning the games against the teams that are around you.”

Hughton will lead the Seagulls into the Premier League for the first time in the club’s history, and he highlighted a number of teams that his players can look to for inspiration ahead of next season.
 
"We speak about Burnley and Bournemouth, because they are recent. But you've only got to look at Crystal Palace, Watford and Leicester a few years ago, and going back further, Stoke and West Brom.

"They have toughed out difficult times to become mainstays in the division, and that's the challenge."

Albion’s promotion-winning squad will now have a well-deserved break before returning for pre-season, and Hughton spoke about the importance of getting some rest ahead of next season’s Premier League challenge.

"I'll get a break. It is important and I never mind admitting I need a break. It's a long, hard season in the Championship, a lot of games that are full on.

"I look forward to a nice break and coming back refreshed. I'm really excited for everybody at the club about next season."

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