Brighton & Hove Albion captain Bruno believes the strength in depth within the side provides a great opportunity to mount a challenge in the Emirates FA Cup this season.
The Seagulls welcome West Bromwich Albion to the Amex Stadium in the fourth round on Saturday, and Bruno highlighted the importance of the competition and the club’s chances of reaching the latter stages.
He said, “It would be really nice to have a good run in the FA Cup. It would be really special. We have a big chance this season, and have good depth in our squad.
“What we’re trying to do is take every game as it comes. We’re not looking any further than Saturday and that’s the best way.
“If you compare the FA Cup with Spanish football, the big difference is that you play on the weekend, and that gives importance to the game.
“It’s not a midweek game, where it’s difficult timing for people to go and watch the game. The atmosphere is different and you can feel how important it is.”
The Baggies occupy third position in the Sky Bet Championship, following their relegation from the Premier League last season, and Bruno is expecting a competitive contest against Darren Moore’s promotion chasers.
“It’s going to be a really difficult game. We know how they play and the quality of their players — most of them are Premier League players.
“They’re a side that won’t have any fear. They’re coming here as a strong team with a lot of quality and experience.
“Both games were really difficult last season, and I’m expecting another tough game. But we’ve got to play our own game, we need to take the ball and show our quality.
“We have to respect our opponent, but of course the dream is to get as far as possible in this competition.”
Albion boss Chris Hughton spoke about the possible involvement of under-23 players in Saturday’s matchday squad, and Bruno commented on the positive signs coming out of the club’s academy system.
“That’s a big aim for the club — to bring all of those players through the academy and get them into the first team.
“We’ve got so much talent and so many good players. It’s really exciting to see them and train with them. They’ve got a massive chance to become Premier League players.
“Brighton is one of the easier clubs to get through and get into the first team, in terms of the young players feeling really welcome. They feel more confident with us and that’s very important.”
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