Brighton boss Chris Hughton has spoken about the expectations he has for his side’s first Premier League campaign.
After a summer full of anticipation for fans, The Seagulls begin their first top flight season for 34 years at home to Manchester City at the Amex tomorrow evening.
Having been promoted as runners-up in the Championship last season, Albion are among many pundits picks to be relegated. Knowing the odds will be stacked against his side for a lot of the campaign, Hughton isn’t putting any pressure on his players in terms of where he wants them to finish.
“We haven’t set any targets. The outcome we would like this season is to have a go and to make sure that in our first season in the Premier League we’ve given it the best we can, and that we’ve had a real good go and can have no complaints at the end of the season that we didn’t do enough.
“Mistakes will happen and we’ll be up against teams this season who are better teams than us and have better players than us. We don’t want to come away from any games with any regrets.”
The Seagulls couldn’t have been handed a tougher start to life in the top flight with the visit of Pep Guardiola’s side to the Amex. City have been the among the biggest spenders in the transfer market this summer, having paid in the region of £200 million pounds so far.
The Two-time Premier League winners have focused on bolstering their defence, with the aim of dethroning defending Champions Chelsea this season. Hughton believes City have what it takes to challenge for a third title.
“Some of the talk was of course about that they wanted to bring in players that could improve them defensively. You have only got to look at the signings so far and the intent is there.
“I think they will be absolutely right up there. There are some very strong teams in this division, and on paper they have a wonderful squad with lots of different options.”