Brighton & Hove Albion captain Bruno highlighted the importance of having a full house for upcoming matches against AFC Bournemouth and Cardiff City, as the Seagulls look to edge towards Premier League safety.
Chris Hughton’s side welcome the Cherries to the Amex Stadium on Saturday afternoon, before the Bluebirds, who currently occupy the final spot in the relegation zone, arrive on the south coast next Tuesday.
After losing back-to-back Premier League matches, Bruno understands just how important the support of the club’s fans will be over the next week, as the team go in search of six crucial points.
He said, “For the last couple of seasons we’ve had a full house for almost every single home game. Since we’ve got to the Premier League, it means even more.
“It’s always a special moment walking out onto the pitch — when the fans are singing your name, that’s really special for all the players. It’s so important to have the support of the fans.
“You’re in the zone and it’s sometimes difficult to hear the atmosphere, but when you score or do good things, you always have some breaks during the game where you can feel the electric atmosphere.”
Bruno returned as captain for Albion’s most recent Premier League outing against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, and the Spaniard spoke about his leadership qualities both on and off the pitch.
“To be a leader, it’s something natural. But there are different ways to be a leader — my way has always been about trying to lead by example.
“Trying to do the right things in the changing room, on the pitch and outside of the pitch. I’m older than all of my team-mates and it’s not because I know more than them, but I’ve been in these situations before.
“You can be a leader in different ways, some captains are all about shouting and others are all about giving performances when tough times are coming. They always show their quality in those games.
“Most leaders are natural leaders, but I do believe some people can make themselves into leaders as well.”
This season could potentially be Bruno’s last, with his contract set to expire in the summer, and the full-back gave his thoughts on a potential career in coaching after hanging up his boots.
“Coaching has changed so much, if you see the amount of hours the coaches spend working, it’s just crazy.
“If you’re doing something that demands that much from you, you have to find that passion.
“I will do my coaching license, but most players say that when you start your coaching license, you quickly understand if you like it or not.
“I love talking about football and tactics, so it could be one of the options for me when I retire from playing, whenever that happens.”