Sunday 18 March 2018

'We've got to be confident that we can beat them' - Shane Duffy unfazed by big spending Manchester City

Shane Duffy of Brighton and Hove Albion
Shane Duffy of Brighton and Hove Albion Sportsdesk

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Shane Duffy has said that his Seagulls side must not be intimidated by Manchester City when the club welcome the Sky Blues to Falmer Stadium this Saturday.

The fixture will mark Brighton's first ever Premier League match, and while the differences in both club's spending is stark, €164m to €29.62m to be exact, Duffy said that defeating the big spending title favourites would be a huge thrill to his Brighton side.

“If they can, why not?" Duffy told the Brighton and Hove Independent when asked about City's sizable summer spending. "It’s a challenge for us.

“If they’re going to compete for the title, that’s what you’ve got to do these days. It’s what you want to play against, if they’re spending £100m and we can try to beat them, what a thrill that will be for us.

“It’s what we’ve got to be confident of doing. They’ve got to get to know the players and team, while we have a strong team base together and all know each other’s game.

“We’ve got a couple of new additions as well and we’re confident in every game. You’ve got to take it small steps at a time. We know it’s going to be a tough ask but if you’re in the camp, you’ll know everyone is confident and that comes from the manager down.

“He sets good targets. You’ve got to look at teams like Bournemouth and Burnley who have gone up and stayed up. They look like established teams now in the Premier League and if we can go after that for the first season and take small steps, it will be a successful season.”

Brighton will be bolstered by the arrival of record signing Davy Propper from PSV Eindhoven on Monday.

The Holland midfielder, 25, has signed a four-year contract after joining the newly promoted Premier League club for an undisclosed fee.

His arrival represents the second time this summer, following the signing of goalkeeper Mathew Ryan, that Brighton have broken their transfer record.

Propper also joins the likes of Markus Suttne, Pascal Gross, Mathias Normann and Izzy Brown as new signings at the south coast side this summer.

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