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1 December 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Bernardo speaks to Premier League Productions.

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Bernardo thanked the club’s coaching staff for giving their time and commitment in helping the Brazilian better prepare for life in the Premier League.

The 23-year-old will hope to retain his place in Chris Hughton’s starting line-up at Huddersfield Town this afternoon, and he acknowledged the input the Albion boss has had since his summer arrival.

He said, “Chris has helped me a lot — if it wasn’t for him then I wouldn't be here. Since the pre-season he’s invested a lot of time in me.

“He’s always talking with me, he knows when he has to talk, be tough and yell. I don’t have to talk about how good he is — this season and last season shows that he’s very good for this club.

“We’ve done a lot of work in the weeks that I haven't played, not just Chris but also with Paul [Nevin] and Paul [Trollope]. I’m grateful because they’ve invested a lot of time in me.

“We’ve worked on crossing, the philosophy of how we play, technique, conditioning and every single thing. All the staff have helped me a lot.”

Bernardo made his second Premier League start against Leicester City last weekend, and he highlighted the noticeable step up in quality between England’s top division and the Bundesliga.

“I’m feeling really good here and everyone has been really nice to me. It took me a little bit of time to get used to English football, as it’s very different to what I was facing in Germany.

“Overall they are similar competitions, both physical and fast leagues, but the Premier League is one level above.

“Sometimes you think you’re strong, but then realise others are stronger than you. Sometimes in Germany I used to rely a lot on my speed because I knew I was faster than the other players.

“But every single player in the Premier League is so physical and fast, so you have to raise your game and step up one level. If you don’t do that, then they’re going to catch you.”

The Seagulls kickstart December against the Terriers this afternoon — the first of seven matches in the month — and for Bernardo it will be a first visit to the John Smith’s Stadium.

“I don’t know too much about Huddersfield, but I've heard the feedback from the players and also from playing Huddersfield on FIFA!

“I’ve been told they’re a team with a lot of quality. Usually in the second league in England, there’s a lot of long balls and it’s very physical — but it seems they’re a team that hasn’t had this style.

“They’re a team that likes to play and keep possession. I haven't watched many of their matches, I’ve just seen what the trainers have shown us.

“I also do my own personal research when I go home, and I’m going to get to know them even more, so I can prepare for the match.”

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