Brighton & Hove Albion defender Bruno keeps defying his years for the Seagulls in the Premier League.
The club captain is the oldest outfield player in England’s top flight, with two clean sheets in his last two matches for Chris Hughton’s side, and he spoke openly about the feat - jokingly reflecting on the opposition he faces week to week.
He said, “Not many players at 38 play in the Premier League and in my position it’s tough because I’m coming up against wingers who are young enough that I could be their dad!
“They’re fast and strong but I just try to play my game for the team – as a side we work really hard as a unit so that helps as well. I don’t know how long I can play for, all I know is I’m ready to face Wolves this weekend.
“After that we will see but I take it day by day. Every game I treat as my last – I train hard and try to enjoy every moment and that’s the only way to approach it.”
The Spaniard also insisted that the growing number of players in the division in their 30s is a result of advancements away from the field, and emphasised that he hadn’t thought about life after his playing days.
“Football is changing and that’s showing by the ages of players that are still plying their trade in the top competitions.
“I think at the moment we’re seeing the top players in the world sustaining their levels – we have a lot more knowledge and information these days on diets, rest and gym work – it helps a lot.
“You can recover quicker and keep fit, but I haven’t thought past my playing days yet, it’s too far in the future.
“Management is tough, I’ve seen how much work goes into it and how many hours you have to spend – it needs a real passion to do it properly, that’s a big decision for me if I decide to go down that path.”
The side host Wolves at the Amex Stadium tomorrow afternoon looking for their third Premier League victory in a row – if Albion can achieve three points against Nuno Espirito Santo’s men, it will be the first time since 1981 that the club has achieved three consecutive top-flight victories.
“That’s a big incentive because for us this game is the most important one of the season – we’ll approach it like a cup final because we know the fine margins that exist in this league.
“They are a side who’ve started well, and they’ve carried on their momentum from last season and added quality players to their existing squad.
“They have a top manager with a good system – they have an intense style, it’s a good team to watch and we have to play our own game and be confident in ourselves – we know how good we can be and we all feel ready.”