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26 February 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Pascal Gross in action at the King Power Stadium last season.

Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Pascal Gross revealed how last season’s visit to the King Power Stadium — where the Seagulls return to this evening — came as a wake-up call following his move from the Bundesliga.

Chris Hughton’s side will be looking to show how far they’ve come since their 2-0 defeat against the Foxes last season, and Gross reflected on the lessons learned from the club’s first-ever Premier League away game.

He said, “It was my first away game and it wasn't a good one for me. I learned a lot from that day to move forward and improve myself.

“I learned that you need to play faster and the Premier League is a lot more physical.

“The referee didn’t give many fouls, so I knew I needed to change my game quickly to get used to the Premier League. It’s a different country with different football. Since then, I’ve tried to play the football that you need to play to be able to play in this league.”

Gross missed eight matches earlier this season due to an ankle injury, but the German has contributed one goal and three assists since the turn of the year, and is now focused on helping his team-mates steer clear of the relegation zone.

“I was out for more than two months; I’d never been out in my life, so I needed a little bit of time to recover after that.

“The first half of the season obviously wasn’t as good as I wanted, but now I feel better every day and feel very good.

“I’m quite happy with 2019 — I’ve created chances, scored a goal and made assists, which is already better than the first half of the season.

“I’ve tried to help the team with my strengths, and I hope I can do something for the team to help us achieve our goals in the last run of games.”

After playing the majority of last season behind the striker, Gross has dropped back into a midfield-three over recent months, and he admitted that he’s more than happy to play either role.

“It’s a little bit different when we play 4-3-3, it’s more of a defensive role for me, playing deeper. Sometimes I can get to the box to finish, but not as much as I would playing in the number-ten role.

“I enjoy playing both positions, so it’s no problem for me. Maybe in the 4-3-3, you can create more chances and get into more positions to cross.

“The number-ten role puts me in better positions to finish, putting me in and around the box to either score or set up goals.”

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