Pascal Gross says nothing has changed for Albion – despite losing a star defender.
The Germany midfielder scored twice in the Seagulls’ 2-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford on the opening day.
Albion started the game with just three recognized special defenders in Joel Veltman, Lewis Dunk and Adam Webster after Marc Cucurella joined Chelsea.
But Gross said he doesn’t really see things that way.
He told The Argus: “We haven’t changed much, not really. A little maybe.
“We just try to train every day. The Gaffer gives us many solutions and ideas that we work on every day.
“It doesn’t feel like we only have three defenders.
“We have a lot of players who can do both. Alexis Mac Allister, Moises Caicedo, Solly March very good defensively.
“Leandro Trossard can also go both ways.
“I see us and myself as defenders and attackers.
“If the opponent has the ball, Danny Welbeck is our first defender.
“When we have the ball, Robert Sanchez is our first attacker.
“This is how we see football.”
Adam Webster praised the midfielders’ work in supporting the more well-known defenders.
He said: “The Gaffer is extremely brave in the way we play and as players we embrace that.
“Not just us. The midfielders – Moises, Pascal, Alexis – make a lot of work for us.
“They ran some distances for us and really followed their runners.
“It allows us to be aggressive in those one-on-one zones when we’re three-on-three at the back.”
Webster added, “We finished last season so strong.
“We lost a few players but the squad and the cohesion we have here is great and just shows our team spirit.
“Everyone fights for everyone, everyone came in and latched on straight away. It’s a great group to be a part of.
“It’s a great start. As cliche as it sounds, we just have to take each game as it comes. We want to try to improve every year and if we can do that, it will be great.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/sport/20609629.pascal-gross-praises-brighton-set-up-cucurella-leaves/?ref=rss Pascal Gross praises Brighton line-up after Cucurella leaves