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HUGHTON ON: MANCHESTER CITY

28 September 2018

At his pre-match press conference, Chris Hughton gave a team news update, discussed his team’s mentality heading into the Manchester City game and Anthony Knockaert’s openness after recovering from depression, and also highlighted Pep Guardiola’s impact at the Etihad Stadium.

What’s the team news ahead of the game? (Roger Clarke - Sky Sports News reporter)

“Both Dale Stephens and Pascal Gross will miss the game. Dale felt his hamstring and came off fairly early in the Tottenham game. The good news is that it’s fairly minor, but he’s not quite fit enough for this one.  It’s the same with Pascal.
 
“Florin [Andone] is fit. It’s been a difficult time for him as he came here with an injury, which we knew about and it delayed his pre-season.
 
“He hasn’t had too many games under his belt; he played in an under-23 game a couple of weeks ago, so he is available and we have to make a decision in terms of when he plays a part.”
 

Would you say this is the toughest game in the Premier League and can you take confidence from this season’s performance away at Liverpool? (Roger Clarke - Sky Sports News reporter)

“Along with playing Liverpool away, I would say that this is the toughest game. We did okay in the Liverpool one and might’ve got a result there, so you always have to be positive going into games like this.
 
“No-one expects us to get anything from it, so that’s normal and that pressure is taken off, but we want to do as well as we can.
 
“Irrespective of the different levels between the two teams and their qualities, there isn’t ever any game we go into thinking that we’re going to get beaten. You have to look at the good examples of our performances against the big teams away from home.”
 
 
How much did you have to help Anthony Knockaert as a manager last season? (Adam Cottier – Premier League Productions reporter)
 
“Our responsibility as a club is to help any player that’s going through a difficult time, but credit to Anthony, he’s been very open and that’s helped him.
 
“When you have someone who is such a good professional and as likeable as him, then the people around him will want to help. The club identified it, gave him the help he needed and he is now a player in good form.”
 
Pep Guardiola
 
How would you assess Pep Guardiola’s impact since arriving at Manchester City? (Johnny Cantor – BBC Sussex reporter)
 
“It’s been massive and the great managers, whether it’s instant or they earn it, can have a big impact on the division.
 
“You talk about [Arsene] Wenger many years ago and the impact he had at that time, and Jose [Mourinho] too in more recent years.
 
“At Man City, we have someone that is producing some of the best football that the Premier League has seen. At the moment, he is guiding a lot of other aspiring coaches in terms of the way they want to play.” 
 
Supporters can watch the manager's full look ahead to tomorrow's game with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium above on Seagulls TV  - and fans can sign up to the service by clicking here.

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