Brighton and Hove Albion’s captain Bruno has sent a warning to the Citizens ahead of Saturday evening’s Premier League opener against Manchester City, claiming they in no way fear the visitors.
The Seagulls will host Pep Guardiola’s side just a week after an impressive display against Spanish giants Atletico Madrid, and the 36-year-old defender has said that his side are raring to go.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Bruno said: “We are positive and we are going to play to win the game. They have top players, but it is just 11 v 11 on the pitch and we need them to be uncomfortable.
“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. It’s our first game at home and we know how important our home games are.
Brighton’s debut season in the Premier League comes courtesy of an impressive year in the Championship, winning 28 of their 46 matches and missing out on the title by just a single point.
Meanwhile, the Telegraph report that Manchester City are still waiting to hear from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) as to whether they face being sanctioned for their past transfer activity.
The Telegraph had first reported at the end of June that City could face a transfer ban, after Argentinian side Velez Sarsfield claimed they acted unethically by approaching Benjamin Garre when he was still 15 years of age, believing that they then broke transfer rules by signing him at 16.
City argued that Garre’s Italian passport means that he was free to join them as soon as he turned 16 years of age – an argument that FIFA have recently upheld – but CAS are continuing to deliberate the case.
It is understood that a verdict now won’t be heard until the middle of September at the earliest, and if City are found guilty then they could potentially be banned from registering new players until January 2019.
Lastly, Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has said that the Citizens aren’t getting carried away after an impressive pre-season, insisting that the real test begins again on Saturday evening.
After losing to rivals Manchester United, City have convincingly beaten Tottenham, European Champions Real Madrid and West Ham and scored ten goals in the process.
But talking to City’s official website, the Belgian says this counts for nothing: “We don’t draw too many conclusions out of it.
“We feel ready because we’ve been at a good level but we have nothing to show for it at the moment. Keep doing what we’ve done in the last three games and it should be exciting.”
Manchester City’s Premier League campaign kicks off on Saturday evening with a trip down to newly-promoted outfit Brighton and Hove Albion, looking for a win to start their title challenge.