The key quotes from Graham Potter's pre-Leeds United press conference
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Brighton & Hove Albion manager Graham Potter met the media as the Seagulls prepare to host Leeds United on Saturday.

The Brighton boss spoke about Leeds' quality, last season's encounters, the congested fixture list and squad update.

On the upcoming busy fixture list

Between Saturday's match and January 2nd, Brighton will play nine matches in 36 days, but Potter believes rotating his squad will keep his players sharp.

"Over the course of the season you have to accept there are going to be times when you have eight days between games and other times when there are two or three.

"I like the quick turnarounds. It brings everybody involved in the group.

"Sometimes it's beneficial to keep things fresh, keep the group alive and have a little bit of rotation."

On the health of the squad

The Brighton boss will be boosted by the returns of first-choice goalkeeper Robert Sanchez as well as  Enock Mwepu  and Aaron Connolly while Steven Alzate and Danny Welbeck remain out.

"Enock's recovered well and trained this week. We need to see how he is but he's got a really good chance of being in the squad.

"Steven and Danny are making really good progress.

"We believe in Rob a lot, we know his quality, but we also know Jason [Steele's] quality.

"Rob reacted to well (to the red card) - he was disappointed with the result, but he'll come back stronger for it."

On the threat Leeds pose

Despite the Whites sitting just three points above the relegation zone without star man Patrick Bamford, Potter is keenly aware of the threat they still pose.

"They've suffered a little bit with injuries, which can, of course, disrupt your team. 

"They missed some key players last time against Tottenham but even then they played well in the first half.

"Marcelo [Bielsa] has done an amazing job there - it's fantastic how they play. I have huge respect for Leeds United."

On doing the double against the Whites

Brighton won both meetings with Leeds last season without giving up a goal, but Potter feels his side were fortunate to come away with the 2-0 victory in May.

"Some days you have a good day and the opponent doesn't. 

"Goals can help in a game. We scored at a good time, relatively early and Danny scored at the end to finish it off.

"That was one of our good performances lat season. There's no denying that."