Brighton boss Graham Potter is expecting an emotional occasion when their fans return to the Amex Stadium when they face Manchester City on Tuesday.
With coronavirus restrictions easing, around 8000 Seagulls supporters will be in attendance asBrighton
take on Premier League championsManchester City
in their penultimate game of the season.
Brighton boss Potter told a press conference on Monday
: “I’m excited and looking forward to it.
“We’ve had this amazingly strange experience for the last year or however long, you get used to it and it becomes normal, but it shouldn’t be normal.
“Football is about the supporters, it’s about the experience of matchday, about intensifying all the feelings. We’re just delighted to have them back. It’s fantastic news.
“I don’t think we could have asked for a better game to play to be honest. Man City, the champions, the best team. Hopefully everybody can come down and just enjoy live football, it’s wonderful.
Potter was asked whether he has to remind his players about playing the game and not the occasion?
“Yes – I also think we’re human beings who have missed the crowd for a long time.
“The emotion of the crowd, the game, is something we’ve missed, so that’s going to be interesting to see, because I think both teams and everybody will have to adapt to the crowd again. That’s an interesting factor.”
“The crowd can affect things, and obviously we hope our supporters can help us because we’ll need some help in the game, we’re playing the champions, and it’s back to seeing if you can use that.”