Brighton will be hoping to replicate last year’s fantastic Premier League campaign as they experience their first ever tilt at European football.
Manager: Roberto De Zerbi
Stadium: American Express Community Stadium
Captain: Lewis Dunk
Top League Scorer last season: Alexis Mac Allister (12)
Last season's finish: 6th
The journey from League One football to the Europa League in just 12 years is a remarkable one and Brighton's rise through English football shows no sign of slowing.
We’ve taken a look the chances of Roberto De Zerbi’s side heading into the new campaign…
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Sitting in fourth place after six games following a superb 5-2 victory over Leicester, Graham Potter opted to leave the Seagulls to join Todd Boehly’s revolution at Chelsea.
While Potter would last less than seven months at Stamford Bridge, new manager Roberto De Zerbi picked up the baton and guided Brighton to the highest league finish in the club’s history.
There were question marks over the Italian initially, as despite a thrilling a 3-3 draw at Anfield in his first game, he failed to register a victory in his first five league matches.
A 4-1 victory over Potter’s Chelsea followed to kickstart De Zerbi’s reign, with the team pushing on after the World Cup to maintain their European charge.
A run of one defeat from 11 games between January and April even propelled Brighton into the reckoning for an unlikely Champions League spot.
They would settle for an exceptional 6th place in the end to signal the start of a European adventure.
The biggest challenge for Brighton ahead of the new season is whether they can deal with the challenge of playing in the Europa League on Thursday nights.
The travelling has increased, they have quick turnarounds before Premier League games and an inexperienced squad at European level will be stretched more than before.
World Cup winner Alexis Mac Allister left to join Liverpool, while Moises Caicedo joined Chelsea late in the window for a fee over £100m, but Brighton have proved in recent years that they can adapt to the sale of star players.
Leandro Trossard, Marc Cucurella and Yves Bissouma have all departed and been replaced more than adequately in recent times, proving that the club’s recruitment strategy is one to be admired.
They continue to invest in young players for relatively small fees and make profit on the majority of them, giving the club sustainability for years to come.
Another couple of gems appear to have been unearthed in Paraguay starlet Julio Enciso and Argentinian teenager Facundo Buonanotte, while Kaoru Mitoma has the potential to build on his breakthrough campaign, as does promising Republic of Ireland striker Evan Ferguson.
Throw in the big-money signing of Joao Pedro from Watford, and Brighton look sufficiently equipped to enjoy another fine season.
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