Brighton & Hove Albion captain Bruno was pleased to claim a stylish assist in yesterday's pre-season victory over Crawley Town, but insists that working on the team’s fitness was the key outcome from the game.
The Spaniard played the full 60 minutes, as the teams contested two 30-minute halves on the south coast, and he stressed the importance of enjoying his football as he approaches his 38th birthday in October.
He said, “Getting fitter was the most important thing from today. We’re in that stage of the season - we don’t want any injuries. It was nice to get an assist but fitness was the main thing.
“It’s been [physically] hard since I turned 30, but if you’re mentally strong and keep enjoying the game, then it’s easier to play. The legs aren't flying but they’re running.”
With Albion leading 2-0, Bruno delivered a sublime rabona cross to Markus Suttner at the back post, which the Austrian converted, and the skipper assessed his skilful contribution.
“Sometimes you get into those positions and you have to try your best. My left foot is useless, so I had to find another way! It was instinct but the most important thing was the finish from Markus.”
The Seagulls get their second Premier League campaign underway in three weeks, and Bruno assessed the difficulty of the task facing his team-mates this time around.
“I think this season is going to be even tougher than last season, because all of the teams know how we play. Our desire and motivation has to be the same.
“We’ve proved already that we can play in the Premier League. We have to play every game as a cup final - it’s the only way we know how to play football.”