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FIVE OF THE BEST: BRUNO

21 November 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Brighton & Hove Albion defender Bruno.

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Bruno is up next to reveal some of the best memories from his career to date, as he talks us through some of the highlights during his spell with the club so far.

We sat down with the side’s longest-serving player to talk about life in the top flight and some of his toughest opponents…

Best goal you’ve scored?

“There haven’t been many, but my first for Brighton against Bolton Wanderers at the Amex Stadium.

“It might not be one of the most memorable I’ve ever scored but it was really special to me – it was a nice goal and good to score a volley from outside the box.”

Best stadium you’ve played in?

“A lot of people have said it already, but playing at Old Trafford against Manchester United last year was great – it has so much history and everything about it makes it the best stadium in England.

“But then when I was in Spain the Camp Nou and the Santiago Bernabeu were obviously fantastic. Both of them are massive and it's the best feeling playing against those types of teams with those atmospheres."

Best game you’ve been involved in?

“There’s been many great ones for this club, but last year’s victory against Manchester United to seal Premier League survival is an obvious one that sticks out.

“It was a really good performance and a special night – it was the last in front of our own fans in our first season in the division.”

Best team performance you’ve been a part of?

“West Ham away last year was a really good performance from us – both defensively and offensively. We kept possession really well after we’d taken the lead too, and it was a great effort from the whole team.

“It was also probably the night that we felt we had arrived in the world’s biggest league – players have spoken that they felt that too and I’d agree – that evening we felt we were there to fight and were ready to be with the big clubs.”

Toughest opponent you’ve faced?

“Lionel Messi – he’s so hard to mark. He’s the best player in the world and the way he moves around the pitch into small spaces was unbeliveable – he was always one step ahead. 

“Everything he did was really fast – when you come up against someone like him you just have to defend as a team and work together to try and stop them. There's only one way to play against a player like him because he's that good.”


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