Brighton & Hove Albion defender Bernardo was delighted to progress to the Emirates FA Cup quarter-finals and explained he is rediscovering his best form after recovering from a hamstring injury.
The Brazilian spent over a month on the sidelines, but feels he is regaining his match rhythm after helping the Seagulls secure a place in the sixth round for a second consecutive season.
He said, “The FA Cup is one of the most respected cup competitions in the world and we’re going through.
“We played very well in the first half, the second half was not so good, but the most important thing for the club is to go through.
“It’s a big achievement for the club and I’m pleased to be a part of it. We will keep dreaming, taking it match by match and see where we go.”
Bernardo spoke about Yves Bissouma’s performance against the Rams and praised the Malian’s quality.
“Bissouma is amazing and maybe the best player in terms of quality that we have in this team. He still needs to adapt to the league, but he’s a player that will give you something different.
“A player like him needs to have this freedom.”
The Albion squad will depart for a warm-weather training camp today ahead of the next match at Leicester City on 26th February, and the defender admits it has come at an ideal time for the squad.
“It’s come at a good moment. We haven’t had a very good sequence of results, particularly in the Premier League, and it’s good that we have ten days to fix and analyse what we did wrong.
“We need to get prepared for the next series of games and it couldn’t have happened at a better moment.
“It’s not that comfortable and we’re very close to the relegation zone, but we have a really good squad. The players that played on Saturday are good players, but haven't been playing that much in the Premier League.
“That shows the quality of our team, and we’re going to fight and try to avoid being near the relegation zone.”