Brighton & Hove Albion have managed to escape relegation from the Premier League four the past four years, with German midfielder Pascal Groß rising to the occasion in every game.
Groß who made his 100th appearance for Brighton on September 23, 2020 in a EFL Cup win over Preston North End has easily become a force to be reckoned with in the squad and it can only get better for the German.
In an interview with OneFootball, the 29-year-old touched on his time with the Seagulls, playing under Graham Potter and what he hopes to achieve further in his career.
The challenge of playing without fans at stadiums:
"I think that at the beginning it was really unusual. You train every day in order to play in packed stadiums, in front of the fans and that’s a huge motivation. But at the moment it’s the same for everyone, you have to just get used to it and make the best of the situation.”
On Brighton's season and how they could challenge beyond survival:
"You always have to have respect for the rest of the league. We’re better, we’re getting better every year, but first things first we have to get to that 40 point mark. Then we can try to take the next step and pick up more points. But first, you just have to get your homework done and get those 40 points, because the league is so strong. Once we’ve done that, of course, we want to improve as much as possible and pick up as many points as we can."
The club's signing of former Liverpool ace Adam Lallana and the depth he has brought to the squad:
"On the pitch, he’s obviously a great player. Off the pitch, he’s a great person. After all the success he’s had, he’s still so modest, so helpful. He helps the young players, and every other player too. He’s very motivated and I think he really enriches the club off the pitch too."
On playing under Graham Potter and what he has done to change the squad:
"Every coach is a bit different, they all have their own style. I think Graham Potter is very good tactically, very detailed on how you can beat the opposition, how to defend against them. And also how you can play bravely against them. That’s the difference."
On the league changing, or developing since he arrived in the summer of 2017:
"More and more good players are coming to England. You see clubs developing, there are a lot of good coaches here who develop players further and make them better. Obviously, I also think the financial strength is here in the league to help make it stronger. And I think the league, like Brighton, is getting better every year."
The vast differences between the Premier League and Bundesliga:
"Its fluid! The referees don’t blow for fouls so often, so the tempo of the game is quicker, it isn’t interrupted. I’d say that’s the biggest difference."
On his all-time favourite goal he has scored in the Premier League:
"The goal to secure Premier League football, against Manchester United, was my greatest moment. The opponent, a big name, a big game, our first season in the Premier League and we secured survival. It was a great moment for us, 1-0, and I managed to score the goal. That was a special day."