Brighton & Hove Albion defender Bernardo believes he is making progress in the Premier League this season, but highlighted the importance of continuing to learn off more-experienced full-backs, as he looks to develop his game.
Bernardo returned to the starting line-up for Albion’s 1-0 win against Huddersfield Town last weekend, but the Brazilian remains realistic about the room for improvement within his own performances.
He said, “I still haven’t completely adapted to the league. I think I’m doing a good job, but I still have a lot to learn about how things work over here.
“I’m always looking at the players in my position. There are many players here that are amazing, and they’re a step above me.
“I’m still young and I think I have good potential; I believe I can achieve bigger things in my career and reach a higher level, but I have to be humble and look at other players as role models.
“I need to see what they’re doing that I’m not doing, and that can help me get better and better.”
The 23-year-old has experienced different playing styles during his time in Europe and South America, and can see a change in role to what has often been expected from full-backs in England.
“I believe it’s something cultural. In Europe, the left-back and right-back have always been seen as defenders. But in Brazil, the left-back and right-back are almost like wingers.
“The responsibility to attack and defend is almost half and half in Brazil, whereas in England it’s been more about defending and just a little bit of attacking.
“But right now I think it’s changing. Of course you’re still a defender, so you know you have to defend first and then think about attacking, but with the way teams are now playing, the full-backs are more advanced.
“Nowadays you need to know how to attack and defend. You’re still a defender, but to be successful in this position, you need to know how to do a bit of both.”