Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Pascal Gross hopes there will be one more twist in an enthralling week of football when they host title-chasing Manchester City at the Amex Stadium this afternoon.
After some stunning results for the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham Hostpur this week, Gross is encouraging his team-mates to use those games as inspiration to cause another shock this weekend.
He said, “It’s been an incredible week of football and some of the games have been unbelievable. With our game on Sunday, it’s our last home game so we want to play our best football and win the game.
“The title race is massive, and everybody is speaking about the game. We are in a good position because we don’t need anything more, but we want to go into the summer break after playing a good game of football.
“It will be very tough, and they will win most of their games because they are an unbelievable side. They have had an unbelievable race with Liverpool, but you always have a chance in a football game.
“Last season, we played them in our first game in the Premier League. They deserved to win, but after 60 minutes it was 0-0 - there are small margins, we are also Premier League team that has also played well against good sides and showed that we’re hard to beat.”
Gross explained that while the pressure is off to a degree, the importance of upholding the integrity of the league still remains on the final day of the season.
“We are safe and can enjoy the game, but every team should be able to count on each other to play at their best level through until the last day," he continued.
“We could be in a situation where we’re relying on teams to play at their top level because we might need some results to go in our favour.
“We’re professional football players and we should play our best football to try and win the match.”
The German also praised the quality shown by both City and Liverpool as the title race reaches its conclusion, but stressed that Albion have proved they can take on the best teams in the division.
“We’re capable of playing well against top-six teams, and we try our best like always.
“Liverpool have an unbelievable intensity that never let you breathe and go hard for 90 minutes. They are so well organised, but at the same point they are unbelievable in the way they play.
"Manchester City control the game and don’t give other teams the chance to have the ball or score. It’s incredible what those two teams are doing.”