Jordi Gomez shares the word on Brighton man and brother-in-law Andrea Orlandi.
They’ve played together at FC Barcelona B and Swansea City, but brothers-in-law Jordi Gomez and Brighton & Hove Albion’s Andrea Orlandi have only played against each other professionally for 22 minutes in a League Cup game at the DW Stadium in 2010.
Now, Gomez is hoping that they’ll get longer against each other, with Orlandi looking likely to return to Oscar Garcia’s side after months out with knee surgery.
“It would be nice if we played against each other tomorrow, but I know he has been coming back from an injury, so we will have to see if we’re both selected.
“We only played against each other for 20 minutes because he came on as a substitute in the second half and I went off, but we won the game so I’m winning on that front.”
Asked whether there will be any personal battle should the two come up against each other, Gomez said the pair get on very well, but would be willing to lock horns.
“When we are back in Barcelona we see each other quite often, but not as much in England because of the distances between us.
“Andrea (pictured) is my brother-in-law and we do get on really well, but if we do come up against each other we won’t be holding back because he will be fighting for Brighton to win and I will be fighting for us.”
Having studying his brother-in-laws game over three years as team mates throughout their careers, Gomez pin pointed Orlandi as a key player for Brighton should he return to the side.
“We are very similar players really, we both like to be on the ball often and we’re both left footed.
“Andrea had a very good season last season at Brighton and they nearly got to play at Wembley like us which would have been nice for him.
“He was a very important player for them and what they achieved last season says a lot about what they’re like as a team, so we have to be careful.”
Speaking about tomorrow’s opponents, Gomez said he remembers Head Coach Oscar Garcia from the 40-year-old’s playing days at Barcelona and knows what style to expect from the Seagulls.
“I remember watching Oscar Garcia when he was playing for Barcelona when I was younger.
“Everybody learns a lot when they’re at Barcelona so it’s to be expected that Brighton will try and pass the ball around and adopt those principles.
“They like to play possession football and we will have to deal with that by allowing them little time on the ball.”
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