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BONG: I'LL USE OLD TRAFFORD EXPERIENCE

25 November 2017

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Gaetan Bong will use his previous experience of playing against Manchester United at Old Trafford to help his Seagulls teammates ahead of this afternoon's game. 

The full-back played against the Red Devils for Olympiakos in the Champions League, and revealed that he would draw on that evening ahead of today's game with Jose Mourinho’s men. 

He said: “It’s a good game, I’m always calm and they’re just human – it’s a big team but we’ll do the best we can do. 

“I’ve played with Olympiakos for a Champions League game at Old Trafford - we lost but I think we did well in the first game because we won at home. That second leg was like a lesson for me and I will try to speak to my teammates about what we can do there.

“I would just say stay calm, go and show your strength and your character because on the pitch it’s not just about technical ability, it’s about mentally and how strong you are and we need to show the Brighton character.”

The match against the second-placed side sees Albion take on one of the so-called big six clubs away from home for only the second time this season following the defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium at the start of October. 

The defender insisted that contests against the top sides in the division are ones to relish for the club. 

“We look forward to games like the one against Manchester United and we know the story this club has.

“We know how people love this club in England and as a player, when I was playing in France or at Olympiakos, I had a wish to play against a team like Manchester United.  I did it once and now I have another one that I’m going to enjoy.”

“They have many great players all across the pitch and we know the strength they have, so it's not only about one player.

“It’s a big game and it’s a dream for the club and the players to go there. Now we need to just go there, enjoy it and play hard.” 

The hosts have won all nine of their home matches across all competitions so far this term, but the Cameroonian emphasised that his team can approach the game with faith in their ability before letting their football do the talking.

“People can see us as underdogs but that doesn't matter to us, because that doesn’t impact what goes on out on the pitch.

“You can look at league tables and try to compare where the two teams and clubs are, but you don’t know what’s going to happen on the pitch and so we just need to stay calm before the game and then show everyone what we can do once it starts."


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