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25 February 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Pascal Gross speaks to Mark McAdam from Sky Sports.

Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Pascal Gross reflected on last week’s warm-weather training camp, and the ideal opportunity it provided to bring the squad together and prepare for the final months of the Premier League season.

The Seagulls had a ten-day break between their Emirates FA Cup victory over Derby County and tomorrow night’s trip to Leicester City, and Gross believes Chris Hughton’s side took advantage of the chance to regroup.

He said, “It was a good situation because we had ten days with no game. We trained well for four days — it was a different environment and we had some good weather.

“We had training every day, but also a little bit of free time. Everyone could use that time however they wanted — we walked along the beach and some of us played golf.

“You can train on specific things, both offensively and defensively. You can really work on everything, and it was nice for the squad to be together.

“It gave us a chance to get prepared for the rest of the season. It was a nice few days with the boys, but now we’re back and preparing for Leicester.”

Claude Puel departed the King Power Stadium over the weekend, after Leicester City’s 4-1 defeat to Crystal Palace, but Gross stressed the importance of Albion solely focusing on their own performance.

“They’re a very good team with very good players, there’s no question about that. But we have to think about Brighton and our game.

“Every game is a new challenge and a new chance. They want to prove that they’re better than they showed in their last games, and so do we.

“Sometimes when a manager moves on, it can be a good period for the team. But it’s still the same players, and in my opinion we should look at ourselves and not the other team.”

Gross provided four goals for Glenn Murray during Albion’s debut Premier League campaign, and after claiming an assist for the 35-year-old’s most recent strike at Craven Cottage, the German spoke fondly about his attacking team-mate.

“His movement and finishing in the box, and his goalscoring skills, have always impressed me.

“Glenn’s very professional and works very hard in the gym to prepare himself for every training session.

“He trains to get ready for the games, and he enjoys them a lot more. He does train well, but he’s someone that always turns up in our matches.

“I always try to look for him, because I know that he can help us with his goals. He’s always a threat in the box. We’ve already had a lot of good times together.”

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