Brighton & Hove Albion defender Bruno has highlighted the importance of the side’s upcoming pre-season tour to Austria ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.
The Seagulls depart for their annual off-season tour this weekend that concludes with a game away to Swiss side St Gallen on 14th July, and the Spaniard emphasised the significance of the time the team spend with one another out of the country.
He said, “We have the tour which is always good for the team ahead of the new campaign.
“It’s vital we have that togetherness and it’s good for the new players to come into the group as well, we’ll spend a lot of hours together over the course of the season.
“We’ll spend time together in training and travelling to places and so it’s important they feel part of the group from an early stage.
“Last year we went on tour to Austria and it worked well for us so hopefully it will stand us in good stead as well this year before the new season.”
Chris Hughton’s side finished their first ever Premier League campaign in 15th position, with a 1-0 victory over Manchester United at the Amex Stadium sealing survival.
The club captain highlighted that the upcoming campaign from August would be another challenge that Albion would have to be well-prepared for.
“The second season is always harder because teams will know a bit more about us and the way we like to play.
“We’ve already proved we belong in the Premier League and now we have to maintain those standards and try to get stronger.
“We can’t relax because we’ve seen how much hunger you need to have in this league to be successful.”
The Seagulls made the Amex Stadium a happy hunting ground last term, with their home form being one of the key positives from a memorable season – but the full-back also discussed the importance of identifying areas for improvement ahead of August.
“There are always areas to improve – last year we conceded quite a few goals from set-pieces and we worked hard as a team to correct that.
“We were strong in defence and we worked hard as a unit as well – maybe this year we could try to score some more goals and keep that balance in the side.
“You’re always looking to build on what you’ve achieved and that’s what we’ll be doing this season.”