Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Pascal Gross feels that opposition teams are showing the club more respect in their second Premier League season.
Gross explained how the rest of the division has become warier to Albion’s strengths as a whole, but has not noticed any differences to the way he has been dealt with personally during his second season.
He said, “Maybe all the other teams think about Brighton a little bit more seriously.
"At home we are really good and play good football. It is tough for every team to come here, even for the big teams.
"Everyone takes us seriously, which is good. It shows that we play good football and they know it's tough against us.
"For me I've not really noticed any difference. The start of the season was okay and then the injury was a little bit unlucky for me.
"I'm really happy to be back and helping the team.”
The German also reflected on his time in England so far, and assessed the positives and negatives of having such a hectic festive schedule.
“Every game is tough, but I really enjoy it. I’m really happy to play in the Premier League with Brighton and I hope we can continue playing as we are at the moment.
“I love the games in this period and the Boxing Day game. I love these experiences, and only having three days to the next game.
“I am lucky to have my family with me in this year. It’s good I’m not alone, but sometimes you think it would be nice to spend some Christmas at home and have some days off too.
“I like these games and everyone is watching the Premier League because no-one else is playing. There are pros and cons.”
With Albion one of three south coast clubs in the Premier League, the midfielder is unconcerned about finishing ahead of the Cherries and Saints and is focused solely on maintaining their top-flight status.
"All I care about is taking the points we need to stay up and after we can think about the rest.
"I'm not thinking about wanting to finish above Bournemouth and Southampton. That's not the way I think.
"You always have to be focused, realistic and keep working. That's what it is about in the Premier League.”