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Chris Hughton is up for the challenge

AWARE: Seagulls boss Chris Hughton

BRIGHTON BOSS Chris Hughton is looking forward to some of the daunting challenges that lie ahead for his team during the upcoming campaign.

Hughton’s men face the stiffest of tests when Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City’s visit the Amex Stadium on the first day of the new season on August 12.

Hughton told the club’s website brightonandhovealbion.com: “This is what we’ve been aiming for. I can only speak during my time here, which is the last two seasons, but the club was pushing to achieve this in the two seasons before that too."

EXCITEMENT

“When the Man City game was announced, you thought ‘they don’t get any harder than that’ and then what hit home was the excitement of that first game, particularly for the supporters. If you ever wanted an introduction into the Premier League, then there it is.”

The Seagulls boss is also relishing the prospect of pitting his wits against some of the most high-profile managers in world football, starting with Guardiola.

TRADE

“As a manager and a coach, you’re aspiring to be the best that you can - and that means applying your trade at the next level. We all know what the Premier League is now and the quality of players and managers in it."

“It’s a great feeling to be among that kind of company. We’re very aware of how tough it will be, because generally when you’re playing against these top-class managers, they’re managing top-class teams and have got top-class players."

“That makes things more difficult. They’re the wonderful challenges you have, and if you can’t look forward to those challenges, then you shouldn’t be here.”

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