Brighton & Hove Albion defender Bernardo believes certain team-mates could prosper under new head coach Graham Potter should the Seagulls implement a more offensive style in the Premier League.
The Brazilian will return for pre-season training today, and he highlighted his better understanding of English football after one season in the Premier League, before looking ahead to life under Potter.
He said, “Last season was about adapting to the Premier League, and by the middle of the season I felt myself adapting quite well.
“I now know how the club and the league works. We obviously have a new gaffer and we’ll have to adapt to a new way of playing football.
“I’m really excited — I’ve heard some interesting stuff about him [Graham Potter]. I’ve had a meeting with him and maybe we’ll show more offensive football this season.
“If that happens, I think it will be very positive for a few players, such as Ali [Jahanbakhsh] and Yves [Bissouma] — players that have so much quality and can have an impact on our game if we play more offensively.”
The Seagulls retained their Premier League status with two matches remaining last season, and Bernardo now urged his team-mates to raise the bar ahead of the club’s third campaign in the top flight.
“It was really important to stay in the league for the first two seasons, but it’s also important for the club to slowly put the goals higher and higher.
“This club has such a good structure, with good facilities and good professionals — we have the potential to improve and reach higher targets.
“If I had to say one goal, I’d say above place number 14 for next season — that would be a fair improvement.”