‘We even talked about the Champions League’

Brighton & Hove Albion have received a ticket for European football and coach Roberto De Zerbi is doing everything he can to ensure that The Seagulls no ‘one season miracle‘ will be. There was even a brief talk about the Champions League at the American Express Community Stadium.

Brighton was thinking Champions League

“There was an important moment in the locker room this season,” the wonder coach tells The Athletic. “That was after the away game against Crystal Palace. We didn’t win and I could see my players were very disappointed. For a moment I wondered why, but then I understood. That was the moment I first spoke to them about the Champions League.”

De Zerbi continues: “We played great and we had a serious chance. Then we lost points against Leeds United, Fulham and Brentford, making it difficult to reach the Champions League. But I think it’s always a good thing to have a big goal in mind.”

“It is dangerous to talk about the Champions League or Europe,” said the 43-year-old Italian. “If you don’t make it, you keep thinking about those words, but for us it was very important to talk about the Champions League. Our mentality has improved, there is more confidence.”


It is expected that something will change at Brighton in the coming summer. Moisés Caicedo is a welcome guest in the transfer market and is reportedly on Arsenal’s wish list. World champion Alexis Mac Allister is also linked with Liverpool.

Opportunities are subject to change. Last updated May 22, 2023 7:41 PM.

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