Brighton’s veteran El Capitan, the Spanish full-back Bruno, has allowed himself a cup of tea and even a biscuit to celebrate his team’s Premier League survival but insists there will be no tactical change of plan for a match at Arsenal against his former manger Unai Emery.
Bruno, who spent five years working under Emery at Valencia and Almeria, is renowned for his strict diet and exercise regime which has kept him playing in the top flight even at the age of 38; but some things are worth treating yourself for.
Brighton, after a difficult and complicated second season in the top flight, are guaranteed survival after relegation rivals Cardiff were unable to beat Crystal Palace in Wales.‘It’s an unbelievable feeling to stay up, I’m not going to lie,’ said Bruno, who arrived on the south coast in 2012 and has been a huge part of the Brighton revival.
‘That’s what we have been looking for all season. To be safe before the start of this game is special.
‘Of course we can’t celebrate big because we have two games to play. But we had a cup of tea and maybe some biscuits! Why not? A little sparkling water, too!
‘We were all in our hotel watching the Cardiff game and hoping we could celebrate together. But now we have to focus only on a difficult game.
‘We won’t approach it any differently. We’ve been training all week to get three points at Arsenal and that’s the aim still.’
There’s no doubt that Brighton will approach the match with a different mindset than if they arrived at the Emirates still desperate for points. But tactically Bruno does not expect a major switch.
‘The performance and the tactics don’t change,’ he insisted. ‘We’ve got a clear style.
‘Lately we have been even more defensive because we had to get some points on board. But we have our way of playing. We defend from our shape and we have good players after that who want to run and get into the box.. We won’t change anything.’