Brighton & Hove Albion defender and Nigeria International Leon Balogun is confident that his team can do better than just giving Chelsea a hard game and, actually, beat them when they clash in the EPL on Sunday.
In spite of last weekend’s defeat of champions Manchester City by Chelsea, Balogun is basing his optimism on a similar feat performed by his team earlier in the season when they defeated Manchester United 3-2.
Speaking to his club’s official website, the 30-year-old defender said:
“They’re expected to win against a side like us and no one is expecting anything other than a victory for Chelsea.
“The most they’ll expect from us is that we’ll give them a hard game and still not get anything from it, which takes a lot of pressure away from us.
“We can play with a free mind and try to disrupt their game as much as possible. We beat Man United at home, and shows that we’re capable of beating a top team.
“There’s still pressure in every game you play, but there’s not the same expectation on us compared to if we were playing the likes of Huddersfield or Burnley.”
He, however, highlighted Chelsea’s overall quality, describing them as “worthy of fighting for the title.”
“They have a lot of quality technically, but they are also able to adapt and make the game hard and physical.
“They have all these qualities and that’s why they’re near the top of the table. To beat Man City, you have to be able to withstand a lot of pressure, and they had the composure to do that and even force their game upon them at times.
“They are a top-class team worthy of fighting for the title and that’s why they’re up there.”
Balogun recently scored his first Premier League goal for Brighton, against Crystal Palace, while also conceding a penalty kick in the same game for a foul on Wilfred Saha.