Roberto de Zerbi on the reasons why Brighton managed to beat Manchester United

‘In the first 15, 20 minutes we suffered a lot because United played in a different way than we prepared for but after that we played a great game.''

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Roberto de Zerbi on the reasons why Brighton managed to beat Manchester United
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Manchester United played poorly in the match against Brighton. The team from Old Trafford lost 1-3. Although at the very beginning of the match, it looked like United would have the initiative and win, Brighton recovered and established the tempo.

The coach of this team, Roberto de Zerbi explained the main reason why his team was so successful at Old Trafford; 'We played a great, great game. We deserved to win, we played well,’ De Zerbi said, as quoted by METRO!


‘In the first 15, 20 minutes we suffered a lot because United played in a different way than we prepared for but after that we played a great game.'

De Zerbi: We can’t forget our DNA

However, the Brighton players managed to calm down the game and keep the ball at their feet.

After that, it was clear that United was finding it harder and harder to establish the tempo and create an attack. In addition, the defenders of this team did not allow the opposing players to do concrete things. ‘I think the game was changed when we kept the ball.

In that moment their pressure was strong and to keep the ball helped us to control the game and then we have four attackers who are very fast and very good. We have to keep our style when we are losing, when we are wining.

We can’t forget our DNA because the game can change and it’s bad when the result can change our style. We are working to not lose our characteristic, our quality and to score more goals. We scored three but had many chances to score again.’
The scorer of two goals, Pascal Gross, was happy with his team's performance.

I think we needed to organise ourselves a little bit at the start of the game because they played quite a different shape to what they’re used to playing,’ Gross said. ‘As we figured it out I think we were better defensively and on the ball we’ve been in control, we find good spaces, good gaps, we can be dangerous on the attack.’

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