Chelsea Legend Frank Lampard has praised the way in which Brighton & Hove Albion have worked their way up to the Premier League.
Lampard spoke after taking part in a question and answer session with Albion’s academy players, and feels the club has progressed in the right manner.
He said, “I’m hugely impressed with everything here and so much credit goes to the owner, who’s really invested well in a club that’s very close to his heart, and that’s a fantastic story in itself.
“I was here for the first game against Manchester City, and there was a great atmosphere at the stadium. The club has a brilliant training facility too, which bodes well; it’s not a short-term thing, it’s a long-term vision.
“I’m well aware of the story of how the fans dug in to save the club many years ago, and it’s a great story.
“This is a club I have a great feeling for and I hope they manage to be successful, stay up and keep moving in the right direction.”
Chelsea’s record goalscorer believes the togetherness within the Albion squad will carry them far as they continue their top-flight journey.
“As much as Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City make the Premier League what it is, so do the likes of Brighton and Burnley.
“Other leagues don’t have the same competitive nature. A team fighting relegation can give the top teams a tough game.
“We need to embrace the fact that Brighton are here, not through spending millions and millions of pounds, but through sticking with a squad that’s got them there in the first place. You want to see positive results for them.
“They play as a team, which was their real strength last year. With the spirit they have, they’ve got every chance.”
Source: Brighton & Hove Albion