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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 September 2018

Brighton will make Manchester City 'uncomfortable' on opening day, vows captain Bruno

Pep Guardiola's side face the newly-promoted club on the first day of the new Premier League season on Saturday.

Brighton and Hove Albion are set to make their Premier League season debut on Saturday. Mike Hewitt / Getty Images
Brighton and Hove Albion are set to make their Premier League season debut on Saturday. Mike Hewitt / Getty Images

Brighton and Hove Albion are eager to make their Premier League debut against Manchester City on Saturday and while the newly-promoted south coast club will enjoy the occasion there will be no party atmosphere at Amex Stadium, said captain Bruno.

"They have top players, but it is just 11 v 11 on the pitch and we need them to be uncomfortable," the Spaniard told the club's website.

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"If they want to get something here, then they have to show their quality. If not, then we're going to be ready to get the three points.

"We know it's going to be a special day because it's the first Premier League game at the Amex, and the first Premier League game for the club. But it's not a party for us and we need to win."

Bruno, 36, also praised City manager and compatriot Pep Guardiola, who won 21 trophies in seven years while in charge of Barcelona and Bayern Munich before arriving at City ahead of last season.

"For me he is a brilliant manager because of his personality; he wants to play his football and doesn't want to change," Bruno said.

"That shows a lot of personality and character. When you also have the players he has, that makes it a massive challenge for us. It's going to be a tough game."

* Reuters

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