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POTTER: I WANT US TO HAVE BELIEF AND COURAGE

3 July 2019

Kieran Cleeves
Graham Potter being interviewed ahead of his first season in the Premier League.

Brighton & Hove Albion head coach Graham Potter wants his team to have confidence and no fear when they come up against the league’s top six sides this season. 

The Seagulls ended their 2018/19 away campaign at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal, securing a 1-1 draw and claiming their first point on the road against a top-six team in the process, and the new boss urged for the same belief heading back to those surroundings this term.

He said, "They are probably some of the best teams in Europe and it would be foolish for me to say anything else.

"We need to have that belief and courage, but just having that idea and those words doesn't mean you are going to do anything.

“But I also want us to have an attitude that you can lose any game.

“You can draw a Conference or League Two team in the cup and lose, that's the beauty of football, but at the same time you can also win.

“You need to have an idea, a plan and some luck - all that sort of stuff, but we want to go into every game with that humility and try to win.”

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The Seagulls head to Vicarage Road to take on Watford on the opening day of the campaign, a fixture which was confirmed when the schedule for the new season was announced at the end of June.

Potter spoke about his excitement ahead of the new campaign, as well as stressing the importance of staying grounded.

“We looked straight away, and I was excited by that, nothing's easy and you have to understand that in the Premier League you can lose any game,” he continued.

“But at the same time, we need to try and get a mentality and belief that if we do things well and play to our best and do all the things necessary, then there is a possibility to win as well."


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