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“THIS game is football, not kickball. You need to keep the ball to play this sport.” So said Brighton’s manager Gus Poyet BEFORE Barcelona’s convincing 3-1 win over Manchester United at the weekend.

He will continue with his Brighton & Hove Albion sides playing the possession and passing game that was so successful in winning promotion to the Championship.

Gus was back home in Uruguay and able to watch the Champions League final at Wembley on television. He says that Barca are the best team in the world. “They don’t kick the ball in the air … they keep the ball better than any club or national team in history.”

However, he is realistic about how like Barcelona his Seagulls could be. “We can’t even compare because they have played that way for ten years.”

But Poyet certainly wants to move Brighton in the right direction. The reserve sides are set up to play like the first team. The youth squad have scholars selected on ability and they are encouraged to play like the first team.

It is Poyet’s dream to bring players through the age groups to get the continuity through to the first team squad – IF he remains with Brighton as manager. And for the coming season he says: “My style suits the Championship … because we care about keeping the football.”

Did you spot my deliberate mistake last week? I listed many of the clubs we would be playing and who could be our first Championship opposition at our new beautiful Amex stadium on August 6. I included Charlton. But they didn’t get promoted, of course, so I’m afraid they won’t be seen at the Amex, or at any other Championship stadiums.

Not to worry, there are plenty of big names that will be there, including a Ferguson-managed team. Peterborough won through the League One play-offs at the expense of Huddersfield. So at least Darren, son of Sir Alex, had a win at the weekend and will be bringing the high scoring Posh to Falmer.

Season tickets for The Amex have SOLD OUT. Nearly 18,000 seats have been sold and the club have started a waiting list for fans interested in a season ticket in the future.

There may still be a few more released when the club finalise staff and player requirements. There WILL be some tickets for sale on a match-by-match basis for the many fans who haven’t been able to get hold of a season ticket. Approximately 10 per cent of “home” seats will be available to be purchased for all league games.

The club also have an area, presumably in the East Stand, which has to be set aside for cup matches when the away side wants to take their full 15 per cent allocation.

So, these will be up for grabs for league games. And we haven’t long to wait. It may be cricket and tennis at the moment BUT footie starts next month!