Brighton boss Gus Poyet believes his side have successfully worked on developing another dimension to their game during pre-season.
The Seagulls concluded their tour of Spain with a goalless draw against Cordoba on Saturday.
The Uruguayan coach has identified key areas of improvement that will help the team enjoy a successful season in the Championship.
"We were talking after the game and we saw players who have been with us for a couple of years and they are totally different players," Poyet told the club's official website.
"They really understand the game and that's very pleasing for me to see as a manager.
"Cordoba were good at pressing us and we came unstuck a little bit last season when teams were pressing us high up the pitch.
"We have been working on that and here we did things very well and we're learning for the future in the Championship.
"Now teams have got to be careful because we have another option in playing long. There are big decisions for the opposition.
"It's good that we didn't concede because that was the aim. I asked the players to do the basics and that's what they did.
"We were slightly the better side but it's football and if you don't score you don't win games."