Brighton & Hove Albion captain Bruno reflected on the difference between going into games as favourites in the Championship last season, compared to being a newly-promoted team in the Premier League.
The Spaniard played over 180 games for Albion in England’s second tier, and he assessed the pressures of dealing with a new-found level of expectation, as the Seagulls come up against a higher standard of opposition.
“It was one of their biggest games of the season, because we went 17 games in a row unbeaten. Every team that played against us were really trying to beat us.
“This season, we’re a team with less experience in the Premier League and we probably don’t have the respect from other teams, but that can be a good thing.”
Bruno also highlighted the contrasting physical demands of playing in both leagues, as the 37-year-old continues to show his immense fitness levels and professionalism.
“When you’re playing in the Championship, you’re playing more games and you recover almost every day, because you’re often playing twice a week.
“This season we’re usually just playing one game a week, but the training sessions are much harder.
“If you see our weekly stats, things are heavier and we’re running more now than ever before, both in training and during the games.”
The Seagulls return to Premier League action against Stoke City at the Amex on Monday evening, and Bruno praised the performance levels of the team, as they head into a demanding festive period.
“December is going to be a really busy month, so it’s always nice to have a break to come back with full energy levels.
“One of the good things that we’ve got is a big squad. Almost everyone is fit now and everyone is training really well.
“The reason it’s so hard to get into the starting 11 is because everyone is on top of their game.”