Date: 13th February 2016 at 6:12pm
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Speaking ahead of the weekend’s game against Bolton Wanderers, Anthony Knockaert again said he saw similarities between Brighton and former club Leicester City.

With people knowing Leicester’s Championship title win, seeing them stage an amazing relegation escape before now sitting a few points clear in top spot in the Premier League, it’s been a magnificent turnaround for the Midland’s club and Knockaert feels that Brighton (probably not to those degrees) are at least capable of going up and staying up.

Speaking to the Official Site the 24 year old explained.

‘Every team is different but there are similarities at Brighton to the Leicester team where I won the title. We have the same passion and I am confident in this team like I was at Leicester. Brighton know how to win games in the Championship and are capable of emulating Leicester City. Promotion is a hard thing to achieve, but if you want it enough and work very hard, then you can do it. It`s a very long season and there are no easy games in this league. All I can say to my teammates is to work hard and treat every game like a cup final. We can definitely be in the Premier League next season if we carry on playing the way we have been.’

Knockaert went on to say that to achieve that though, players like him especially on the wing, have to be prepared to do a defensive job in games and track back and help out because the Championship is a very tough division with tight margins in games.

‘As a winger, it is important to think about your defence, especially in the Championship. You need to work very hard and help your team defensively and offensively. You can`t just think about attacking, you need high work rates all over the pitch. It`s a crazy league. We are about to play our third straight home game and then play three away games. Three points isn`t guaranteed on Saturday.’

Having talked about helping out, he went on to talk about his growing understanding with Bruno – crediting his colleague for his work during games.

‘Bruno is a fantastic example for young players. I cannot believe he is 35-years-old with his fitness levels and footballing abilities, he seems about 27-years-old when he plays! He is a fantastic footballer and a great person off the pitch, he has helped me a lot.’

Ending he admitted that this season it would be a dream for him to see Leicester win the Premier League title – as long as Brighton achieved promotion as well.

‘The dream would be to see both happen. I had a great time at Leicester so if they can win the Premier League and we gain promotion, then it will be the best season of my life.’

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