Hyypia says Albion are now more dangerous in the final third

Posted On 30 Aug 2014 at 2:24 pm

Brighton and Hove Albion boss Sami Hyypia believes that his new signings have made the Seagulls more dangerous in the final third of the pitch.

He spoke about his options and his approach as he and the squad prepared to take on Charlton Athletic at the Amex this afternoon (Saturday 30 August).

Hyypia told Albion’s website seagulls.co.uk: “Charlton have made a good start and it is going to be a similar game to the last few with a high tempo.

“They have good players up front who can really hurt you if you are not concentrating or playing well.

“Defensively they are compact and play with a high tempo so if we are slow in possession then they will really cause us problems.

“We need to make sure we are in a good frame of mind and we have a good attitude to play the ball quickly and find the gaps.

“In the final third we are more dangerous than we were a few weeks ago.

“I think in every area you can always improve. You can’t be satisfied with what you are doing.

“I want to improve things and to think of ways to make our way of playing even more flexible.

“That way, as the season goes on and teams analyse our game and find ways to make it more difficult for us, we need to find a way to adapt and find another way to hurt them.

“That is part of the process. I am a young manager and I want to improve myself and that is one area that is very interesting.

“I like to think of the ways to make it different and more difficult for when the opposition more or less know how you play.”

Hyypia has already said that he has a good number of options after 11 new signings this summer. And he says he knows that there will be times when he has to disappoint players who are not selected.

He said: “I don’t think you can keep a player happy who is not playing but that is football.

“Sometimes it is like this, but things can change very quickly. You can be on the bench for a month and all of a sudden you play every game.

“There will be some injuries for sure and things can change. The only thing the players need to do is train well, stay prepared and when they have the chance to show me, prove that they deserve to play. Then when they are in the team they need to perform.

“If you start to moan, train badly and lose interest then players can only hurt themselves and make their situation even worse.

“I expect us to be professional and I know what I do affects a lot of people but the players have my respect and I will tell them the situation straight.

“When someone is not playing it’s not nice to hear but it’s a fact. I don’t want to make any promises I can’t keep because that would be foolish of me.”

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