Brighton and Hove Albion had a dream start to their Premier League campaign as they thrashed Watford 3-0 away from home on Saturday. Graham Potter's influence on his side was well and truly visible and the win showed that the decision to replace Chris Hughton was the right one.
The Seagulls under Hughton had a torrid second half last season where they won just two games since the turn of the year. Hughton's style of play was often termed negative but the same system helped Brighton stay up in the Premier League in two consecutive seasons.
However, Potter's arrival seems to have transformed Brighton as the players looked to have a lot more freedom at Vicarage Road last weekend. Their attack looked a lot more fluid while although their defence wasn't quite as organised as last season, they managed to keep a clean sheet.
Neal Maupay's goal highlighted the massive change in the system as Lewis Dunk carried the ball a long way from his initial position before slipping in a delightful pass to the debutant who took the ball past the goalkeeper to finish brilliantly.
Dunk and Duffy's positional sense was outstanding last season and rarely ever were seen out of their zones. However, Potter's philosophy has given more freedom to the two centre-halves who now look forward to find a teammate instead of just hoofing the ball long like they did many times last season.
Brighton's new system will trouble a lot of defences this season and with a player of Leandro Trossard's quality yet to make his debut, fans should be massively excited about the upcoming games.
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