Brighton & Hove Albion captain Bruno offered a sense of perspective on the club’s current situation in the Premier League table, and how important it is to realise how far the club has progressed in recent years.
The Seagulls skipper spoke about the huge strides the club has made during his time on the south coast, and says he will give everything to ensure Albion maintain their top-flight status for another season.
He said, “It’s my seventh season here and I will give everything, like I have done since I arrived in 2012.
“I try to be positive, and to help the club as much as I can. It’s a long journey and we are in a completely different place now compared to when I started, and I am really happy to see that.
“I know the fans want to see us being as high as possible, but most of them know where we’ve come from. I am not just talking about the last seven years, but eight or nine years ago, when we didn’t have a home or the facilities we have now.
“We have to be realistic, but right now we’re in a fight and we’re ready to face it.”
Bruno also stressed the importance of remembering that Albion’s top-flight destiny is in the players’ hands and despite a recent poor run of form, the side’s aim has not changed since the start of the season.
“It’s in our hands, and that’s the message we said to the players. We need to get a few more points and we’ll be okay," he continued.
“On Saturday, we’ve got a massive game, a final. It’s a massive step to our aim. We cannot forget that our aim since the first day of the season was to stay up, and that’s where we are now.
“The club is trying to establish itself in the Premier League. We know how hard the second season is in the Premier League. We’ve been in that fight for 33 games and nothing has changed from when we were tenth or 11th."
The Seagulls skipper spoke about the differing views from the terraces and on social media regarding various matters concerning the team, and says it is nothing unusual.
“That’s football and it’s been like that since I was a young boy watching football. Then we didn’t have social media, we just had newspapers and radio, but it’s always been like this.
“You will always find someone who doesn’t agree with the manager or feels we should play another starting eleven.
“If you spoke to 20,000 fans, they would have 20,000 opinions. That’s football and it’s normal; we as players and the manager are used to it.”