Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Beram Kayal insists the side should aim to stake their claim in the Premier League, and not simply make up the numbers.
Kayal has urged his team-mates to relish the challenge of facing some of the biggest clubs in world football and become an established Premier League team themselves.
He said, “Every game is going to be something special for everyone in the team, but we’re not going to be a side that everyone beats and takes all the points from.
“We’re ready to be a solid, strong team and be competitive. We know what we have to do for ourselves and for the club to stay in this division.
“We are waiting for the fixtures to come out, but when you see Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea there, you realise that you’re in a big league playing against some of the biggest clubs in the world.
“I said before that everything we achieved as players this season is the biggest thing that the club has ever done.
“We need to reach our target, which is to stay in the Premier League for many years.”
The midfielder explained that he fulfilled a lifelong boyhood dream in reaching the Premier League, which was his motivation behind joining the club from Celtic in January 2015.
“We are still buzzing with what we’ve achieved at the moment. Since the first day I arrived here, I felt the club deserved more than to be in the Championship.
“The training facility and the stadium proved that they were trying to build something special. Last season we were unlucky and this season was a big achievement for the players, staff and fans. We are still feeling like it’s a dream.
“It’s been an ambition of mine since I left Israel to go and play in the Premier League. When you achieve something that you’ve always wanted to do since you were a child, it’s a massive thing for you and your family.”