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HUGHTON ON: CHELSEA

19 January 2018

Kieran Cleeves
Albion manager Chris Hughton speaks to the media.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton met the media on Thursday afternoon ahead of the game with Chelsea at the Amex Stadium on Saturday lunchtime.

The Seagulls boss discussed the threat Antonio Conte’s men possess, the 150th game at the Amex Stadium, paid tribute to the late Cyrille Regis, and also provided an injury update ahead of the contest.

CHELSEA

"It will be a difficult game and anyone playing against one of the top six teams wouldn’t say any different.

"Irrespective of their current situation, these are the challenges you have to look forward to. We knew we’d more likely get points at home than on the road – we’ve had some difficulties on the road and this is now our next opportunity.

"When you’re playing a top side, you have to take it for what it is now and look at the quality they have – not their form or absentees because our approach would still not be any different."

OPPOSITION ABSENTEES

"We must focus on who they have available rather than who they don’t. They won the title last season, so all our preparations have to be on the quality they have. 

"There isn’t a game we go into where we don’t think we can get a result – we performed well in the first half on Boxing Day and limited their chances. 

"They scored early in the second half and raised their game, but we will go into Saturday on home soil in exactly the same way we always do here - to try and get a result.

"Whatever system we play it’s about responsibility and performance on the day, whoever takes to the field. It will all be about trying to stop their qualities and also put in a performance ourselves where we can get something from the game at a good level."

TRIBUTE TO CYRILLE REGIS

"Cyrille and I played at the same time, and he made his debut couple seasons before me.

"We played in difficult period for black and ethnic players. Apart from being a friend he was someone we all looked up to.

"We have some wonderful organistations now who have helped this pathway, but he played a huge part in the black and ethnic players who came after him.

"You only have to hear the tributes from those of a different era who looked up to him, they knew exactly how he conducted himself in that period."

INJURIES AND TEAM NEWS 

"Apart from Steve Sidwell we have no fresh injury worries. Sam Baldock is fit and available – we all know he’s start to the season he’s had.

"He would be in the same position as all of our front players – he hasn’t had their minutes but he’s looking sharp and good in training."

Supporters can watch Chris's full look ahead to Saturday's game on Seagulls TV - and Albion fans can sign up to the service by clicking here.


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