Roberto De Zerbi praises Graham Potter and targets top-10 end after signing four-year deal as Brighton head coach | Soccer Information
Roberto De Zerbi has pledged to maintain Brighton on track for his or her pre-season ambitions of a top-10 Premier League end.
The 43-year-old Italian has signed a four-year deal on the Amex Stadium and insisted at his unveiling on Tuesday he picked Brighton over a bunch of different managerial alternatives.
Brighton proprietor Tony Bloom branded De Zerbi a “pure match” to take the Amex Stadium membership ahead after Potter left for Chelsea.
Brighton bosses Paul Barber and Bloom insisted De Zerbi was on a shortlist of 1 to take the helm, with each membership and new coach believing their qualities and imaginative and prescient align.
De Zerbi stated he hoped to hit the bottom working on the Premier League membership thanks partially to the nice work finished by his predecessor Graham Potter who earlier than his departure to Chelsea.
Potter earned a glowing fame as a visionary coach at Brighton resulting from his versatile model, progressive teaching strategies and a spotlight to element and De Zerbi stated he was prepared to assist the fourth-placed membership enhance additional.
“For me it’s extremely straightforward to start out work at Brighton as a result of I do know the work finished by Potter earlier than me,” Italian De Zerbi informed reporters at his official presentation.
“The gamers have the fitting abilities and the traits, particularly mentally, to play my model of soccer and to play courageous, as I need.
“It is clear that now I take a crew that’s fourth within the desk and that has given me extra motivation.”
De Zerbi additionally revealed he had acquired the seal of approval for selecting Brighton from Manchester Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola.
“Brighton strongly wished me as a coach, and their model of play is similar to my thought of soccer,” stated De Zerbi.
“We met one another straight after we had began to speak. After all, different groups have been concerned with me however I am delighted to be right here.
“I feel we’re on the identical wavelength and I am certain we will do it properly. I spoke to Pep on Sunday night, sure. He is very joyful that I am on board right here.
“He informed me excellent issues in regards to the membership. And he informed me that if I want he can be very joyful to assist me – however after all not within the match we’re taking part in towards them!
“I feel the fitting imaginative and prescient is to attempt to enhance at all times. And naturally final season resulted in ninth so our imaginative and prescient is to remain within the first 10 groups of the league.
“For me it is a large problem. I am coming to work in an important league on the planet.
“I come right here very humble as a result of I do know the place I am coming to work. However after all I come right here with my character, to do what I do know to do, bringing right here my experiences of what I do know to do.”
Brighton proprietor Bloom hailed former Sassuolo and Shakhtar Donetsk boss De Zerbi’s razor-sharp evaluation on the Seagulls, that impressed throughout interviews.
“Roberto is a extremely good match for the membership, for the gamers now we have, and the model,” stated Bloom. “There’s plenty of similarities between Graham Potter and Roberto, and that was a extremely essential factor for us.
“After we met with Roberto the dialog flowed, it went very properly. We’re actually assured we have the fitting head coach for this soccer membership for proper now. I feel Roberto had finished his homework, he knew plenty of in regards to the soccer membership lately.
“This was only some days after Graham had left so I used to be fairly impressed with the work he had finished. I feel the individual is totally key; once we rent a head coach, it is the individual, the coach, the character, the match with the membership.
“All elements have gotten to suit appropriately, and so they completely did with Roberto; he is a pure match for this membership.”
De Zerbi has acquired FA clearance to start out work with the Seagulls, together with his work allow approval within the closing levels.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine minimize brief De Zerbi’s stint at Shakhtar, leaving the Italian coach with no alternative however to alter tack for his profession.
“The selection of teaching in Ukraine was mine, I had possibilities to remain in Serie A however I selected to go to Shakhtar,” stated De Zerbi.
“I took this choice for the gamers, the membership, the chance to play within the Champions League.
“And naturally I used to be not anticipating all the things to complete when it did due to the beginning of battle. It was unhealthy additionally to depart one thing that was going very properly.
“What can I do besides hold going to work with the identical ardour that I’ve at all times proven? I’ll at all times have that have, on the membership and with the folks.”
De Zerbi’s teaching profession up to now
- 2013 to 2014: Started his teaching profession with Italian novice aspect Darfo Boario.
- 2014 to 2016: Joined Serie C aspect Foggia, successful the Coppa Italia Serie C and narrowly lacking out on promotion.
- 2016: Spent two and a half months at Serie A aspect Palermo, however was sacked after a poor begin to the season.
- 2017 to 2018: Joined lately promoted Serie A aspect Benevento. De Zerbi earned plaudits regardless of his aspect’s relegation again to Serie B.
- 2018 to 2021: Appointed supervisor of Sassuolo, main the membership to 2 successive eighth-place finishes. Missed out on the Europa Convention League to Roma on objective distinction in 2021.
- 2021 to 2022: Took his first job outdoors of Italy at Shakhtar Donetsk, successful the Ukrainian Tremendous Cup in September 2021. Left the position as a result of Russian invasion of Ukraine.
De Zerbi earned rave evaluations for his model of soccer at Sassuolo, main them to 2 eighth-place finishes in Serie A, and he received final yr’s Ukrainian Tremendous Cup with Shakhtar.
De Zerbi met chairman Bloom, chief govt Paul Barber and David Weir in London earlier this week and flew to Brighton on Friday earlier than watching a behind-closed-doors pleasant on the Amex on Saturday.
Brighton have additionally agreed offers with De Zerbi’s teaching crew and hope to have the group in place for his or her Premier League conflict towards Liverpool per week on Saturday.
‘It will likely be enjoyable seeing Brighton play’
Italian soccer journalist Marco Demicheli on what to anticipate from Brighton’s new head coach:
“He likes to be very offensive; he likes to have an attacking crew with many attacking gamers. He likes to play out from the again and I feel De Zerbi’s thought of soccer is much like Maurizio Sarri’s one. They are going to have enjoyable seeing Brighton play.
“Through the summer season, Bournemouth had many talks with De Zerbi and his agent however he determined to not go there as a result of he did not really feel he would have the liberty to do what he needs.
“Even in Italy at Sassuolo there have been many instances large golf equipment have been linked with him – Roma particularly have been making an attempt to take him. He did not go there as a result of at Sassuolo he felt he had the liberty and the possibility to play the soccer he wished whereas at Roma or one other large membership he would not have that.”
What’s arising for De Zerbi?
The Italian now has two weeks to settle into Brighton and organise his backroom employees with the Premier League gamers on a world break. He can even be capable to meet and work with the gamers who will not be that includes for his or her international locations.
He then begins a busy and testing month in October, beginning his reign with a visit to Liverpool on Saturday October 1, earlier than welcoming Tottenham to the Amex in his first dwelling recreation per week afterward Saturday October 8, reside on Sky Sports activities.
De Zerbi and his aspect are again on Sky Sports activities for Friday Evening Soccer on October 14 with a visit to Brentford, welcoming Nottingham Forest to the south coast 4 days later.
Saturday October 22 sees Brighton tackle Premier League champions Manchester Metropolis on the Eithad earlier than an Amex showdown towards former supervisor Graham Potter and Chelsea on Saturday October 29.