Brighton & Hove Albion defender Bernardo was pleased to put in another man-of-the-match display in Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea, and have the opportunity to test himself against some of the world’s best players.
The Brazilian was grateful to receive plaudits following another tireless performance, and was happy to test himself against Maurizio Sarri's side.
He said “It’s a really nice thing because the fans are wonderful and it’s good to see them recognise my hard work, especially against a team like Chelsea.
“I’m pleased that I have a good level and can prove myself against hard opponents. I'm really proud of myself.
“It was difficult [facing Chelsea’s front three], but that’s why I came to this league. I wanted to prove that I'm a player capable of playing against such players and I feel like I did a good job.”
Bernardo reflected on the game overall and admitted that the errors made in the first half ultimately proved to be costly.
“It was a bit frustrating, as we showed that we could’ve got a result, especially after our performance in the second half.
“Our goal changed the game, and that’s what the gaffer said to us at half-time. A 2-0 scoreline looks like a big scoreline, but if you score, then the opponent has all the pressure. We got the first goal and tried to get a second, but we didn’t manage it.
“The first half overall wasn’t very good and we made too many mistakes. The gaffer then spoke to us and we came out in the second half with a different mentality and understood that we could change the game. At least we left the pitch leaving a good impression of ourselves.”
The defender also spoke about the battle for places in the full-back berths, and explained how it gives him even more motivation to perform well.
“There's big competition, and it’s really good for me, [Gaetan] Bongy and [Markus] Suttner. It’s up to the players to show in the training sessions and on the pitch that they're not willing to lose their spots.
“You have to prove yourself in every game, as there's always a player that is willing to take your place.”