Brighton & Hove Albion captain Bruno believes that the collective spirit within the camp will be crucial heading into the final three games of the season, and is encouraging his team-mates to enjoy their football in order to get the results they need.
The Seagulls skipper says the closeness amongst the players will help during the upcoming period, and is urging the squad to remain calm and focused as the season reaches its conclusion.
He said, “The key thing is to stay together, and that’s where we’re lucky. We have a strong core of a team that’s been together for a long time and that helps in this situation. We’re lucky because we have a strong togetherness.
“We need to play our football and relax, because when you put too much responsibility on yourself, you don’t always give your best. We need to relax because we’ve got good footballers, and we need to keep a calm mind.
“We have to relax and believe we are good footballers.”
The Spaniard praised the job that Rafael Benitez has done at tomorrow’s opponents Newcastle, and Ayoze Perez, who scored a hat-trick against Southampton last week.
“They’ve been really good since they changed the formation, they’re playing with five at the back and Rafa is doing a great job there," he continued.
“He got them promoted to the Premier League, and kept them there by playing good football. They’ve got good individuals, and they’ve had a good season.
“He’s [Perez] an underrated player that creates a lot of chances, sometimes he doesn’t convert them, but now he is getting more mature and will score more goals because he’s a very good player.”
Albion head into Saturday’s game sitting three points above Cardiff City, but Bruno highlighted the importance of ignoring other results in their pursuit of Premier League survival.
“It’s important to see what they’re doing, but it’s more important to focus on ourselves. Saturday is massive and we can’t afford to think about them [Cardiff]. We need to focus on our performance because we need to get a win.
“Last season was massive, coming up from the Championship with almost the same team and to stay up with two games to go was a massive achievement, and it would be the same this year as well.
“As a club we want to stay in the Premier League. Every season the club is moving forward and in a really good direction.”