Interviews

Ulloa: I would have enjoyed playing in this team

Former Albion man discusses in-depth his time at the Amex and how impressed he has been with the current side.

By Luke Nicoli • 02 March 2021

By Paul Hazlewood
Leo Ulloa is the feature interview in this Saturday's programme.

Leonardo Ulloa is the feature interview in this Saturday's programme as Albion welcome his former side Leicester City to the Amex.

An excerpt of the interview is below, but you can read the full piece by getting your hands on a programme, which you can purchase here.

Leo Ulloa had a fantastic 18 months with the Seagulls before joining Premier League Leicester City in the summer of 2014. Speaking from his home in Spain, he talked about his time at the Amex and his move to the Midlands, but begins with his thoughts on the current Albion side...

Let's start with the current Albion team, Leo. What do you make of the performances this season?

I still watch a number of the games on TV and I've been very impressed with the way the coach has the team playing. It's similar to my time at the club under Gus [Poyet] – we always looked to control the game, by having good spells of possession, and it's the same now. They play out from the back and they create plenty of chances. It's true they haven't always taken those chances but hopefully that will change. I would have enjoyed playing in this team, that's for sure.

By Paul Hazlewood
The Argentinian scored 28 goals for the club over two spells.

Scoring goals has, indeed, been an issue. What do you put that down to?

Brighton are a good team, but as the level of the division – and the defending – is so high, you have to take your chances when they come, otherwise the result can often go against you. It's only the big teams like Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Man United, who have invested a lot of money in top, top strikers, who can always score those goals – but for many of the other teams it is always going to be difficult and Brighton are not alone in that. Many teams in the bottom half of the table have the same problem.

Aside from the style of play, what else has impressed you about the team?

I like the fact that the coach is prepared to give the young players a chance. You can't go and fill your team completely with these players, certainly not at Premier League level, but Brighton have the balance right. There have been many examples of young players coming into the team and maybe this is the policy of the club. When you can't compete with the top sides financially, you have to be creative and think a little differently. You have to use your academy more or bring in players from less obvious backgrounds. It's a tougher option and a longer process, but Brighton are doing this well.

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