Rosenior: Brighton can hold their own against the best

Liam Rosenior believes that newly-promoted Brighton can stand up to any challenge posed by the Premier League's top clubs.

As the Seagulls prepare for their first top-flight season in 34 years, Rosenior has called on his team-mates to believe that their promotion was no accident and that they can make their mark in the upcoming campaign.

"I have got so much confidence in our players and their abilities," he told the Argus. "That is what I am looking forward to the most – the moment they realise they can play against those top players and more than hold their own.

"I was the same in my first Premier League season. You think you're playing against David Silva and Sergio Aguero on the first day of the season. Then all of a sudden you are tackling them or beating them one on one and you see that confidence lift.

"That goes for all of them. Dunky (Lewis Dunk) can do anything he wants to do in his career. You've got Anthony (Knockaert), Dale Stephens. Beram (Kayal) has been waiting for years to get a chance in the Premier League.

"People like Jamie Murphy, Solly March. I remember when I first met Bruno, he said it was his dream to play in the Premier League.

"There he is at 37 when he thought it wouldn't be possible and he is going to be leading the team out for the first game of the season."

The 32-year-old defender went on to point out the personal significance of Albion's opening game against Manchester City.

"The first game is amazing. It is against one of my boyhood idols in Pep Guardiola," he stated.

"To play against them the quality of these players this season will be amazing. It's going to be enjoyable – but only if we win games."