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KETO EXCITED FOR EMIRATES RETURN

20 August 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Hugo Keto in action against Liverpool for Albion's under-23s.

Brighton & Hove Albion under-23 goalkeeper Hugo Keto admitted his excitement to return to his old club this evening, when the Seagulls play Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League 2 Division 1.

The shot-stopper moved from the Gunners this summer and kept a clean sheet on his Albion debut against Liverpool, and the 20-year-old is now focused on going up against his former employers under the Emirates floodlights.

He said, “I’m really excited as I was there for four years and have a lot of good friends. I got really close with some of the staff as well, so I’ll be excited to see them again.

“I think it’s going to be a very good game between us. I’ve played at the Emirates quite a few times myself and it’s a very good pitch to play on.

“I had a lot of goalkeeping coaches at Arsenal that liked playing out from the back. Brighton try to play football as well, so there wasn’t a lot of adaptation needed on my behalf.

“I’ve settled in really well. I was with the first team for quite a lot of the pre-season, so I got to know those players, but now I’m with the under-23s and have made some great friends already.”

Simon Rusk’s side claimed a point from a goalless draw in their opening game of the season, and Keto believes the team’s experience at under-23 level will prepare them for the challenges ahead.

“I think most of the teams across the top two levels are very good. The boys know what to expect, especially after the Liverpool game.

“It was a great game and a clean sheet. We were quite unlucky not to score, we had a lot of good chances in the game, but we were happy to take one point from a strong Liverpool team.

“It was a battle between us - a very physical game with a lot of fighting. I always think that if you can't win the game then you shouldn’t lose the game.”

Albion come up against Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City in their next three matches, and Keto highlighted the importance of maintaining high performance levels against all teams.

“The aim is to have consistent performances throughout the season, so there aren’t a lot of dips in the performance of the team.

“We need steady results and our main goal is obviously to stay in the league, as it’s the top league in England at under-23 level.

“The most important thing for me is to get as many games under my belt as I can. Over the last two years that’s probably something that’s been lacking.”


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