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15 December 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Bernardo speaks to Johnny Cantor ahead of the Chelsea game.

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Bernardo highlighted the attacking style that comes with his Brazilian roots, but also showed understanding towards the disciplined role demanded by manger Chris Hughton.

The Seagulls welcome Chelsea to the Amex Stadium on Sunday afternoon, and Bernardo will be looking to start his fifth Premier League match in succession.

After arriving from RB Leipzig this summer, the full-back has gradually worked his way into Hughton’s starting line-up, and he commented on the fine balance between attack and defence.

He said, “I understand that my main responsibility is always to defend. I always try to protect the defence and go forward at the right moments.

“I obviously have the Brazilian DNA and we are offensively orientated, but I understand what Chris wants from me. He likes the back four to be very solid.

“He still gives me space to go forward, but it’s just about understanding my responsibility and knowing the situations of when to go forward or when to stay back.”

Bernardo was honest about his own development, admitting the areas of his game he wishes to improve on, but the 23-year-old insists that going up against his team-mates in training is better preparing him for Premier League football.

“There is more to come and there is always something to learn, but I’ve been satisfied with the last four or five matches.

“The Premier League is very fast and very physical. I need to step up and condition myself to a higher level, to be able to play against players who are faster and stronger than me at the moment.

“The training sessions help me a lot with that, going up against players like Jose Izquierdo, Anthony [Knockaert] and Solly [March]. You get used to it and the players in matches are of a very similar level.”

Maurizio Sarri’s team arrive at the Amex after ending Manchester City’s unbeaten start to the league season, and Bernardo commented on the host of quality players the Chelsea boss has to choose from.

“They are amazing players. Jorginho is the only player I’ve had the chance to play against — I played a Europa League match for Leipzig against Napoli last season.

“He’s a fantastic player and it’s a pity that he’s not playing for Brazil’s national team, because he definitely has the level for that.

“David Luiz is the most technical defender in the world — he has so much quality. The media crucified him after the World Cup in Brazil, but it was over-exaggerated.

“Willian is also amazing. He’s played for Chelsea for many years and his career shows the type of player that he is.”

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