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2017/18 PLAYER FOCUS: BRUNO

2 June 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Bruno applauds Albion's supporters after the 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur.

The Spaniard captained Brighton & Hove Albion in the club’s first-ever Premier League match against Manchester City, en route to making 26 appearances for the Seagulls throughout the season.

The 37-year-old featured in Albion’s opening four games of the season, before missing the 2-1 defeat to AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium in September due to injury.

But Bruno returned for the 1-0 victory over Newcastle United at the Amex and played the following ten matches, which included the wins against West Ham United and Swansea City.

Ezequiel Schelotto offered competition for the Spaniard - coming into the team for the defeats to Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea in December, but Bruno retained his place for the visit to St James’ Park.



Bruno then went ten matches without a start, as Schelotto produced a string of impressive displays at right-back, but the Albion skipper continued to make a difference with his support off the field.

Following a 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, Bruno returned to the starting line-up alongside Anthony Knockaert down the right flank, and the pair were instrumental in the 1-1 home draw against Spurs.

The Spaniard helped his team-mates to a ninth clean sheet of the season at Burnley, as the Seagulls shared a goalless draw, before returning to the Amex for Manchester United’s visit.

Bruno defended well against Anthony Martial to keep the United man at bay, and Hughton’s men held on to their 1-0 lead to secure their place in the Premier League for the 2018/19 campaign.

A final appearance of the season came against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, as the second-oldest outfield player in the Premier League finished the campaign with 25 league games under his belt.


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