Manchester City’s Manage, Pep Guardiola has Described Brighton’s Manager, Roberto De Zerbi as ‘One of the most influential Managers over the last 20 years’.
While Guardiola’s own success has garnered praise, he took a moment to acknowledge the remarkable work of Roberto de Zerbi, who assumed the Brighton managerial role following Graham Potter’s departure in September.
Under de Zerbi’s guidance, the Seagulls achieved European qualification for the first time in their history.
Guardiola expressed his admiration for De Zerbi, stating:
“The way they play is unparalleled. When he arrived, I sensed the impact he would make in the Premier League, but I didn’t anticipate it happening so quickly. They create 20 or 25 chances per game, far superior to most opponents. Their ball possession is reminiscent of a bygone era.”
He continued to laud De Zerbi’s team, emphasizing their deserving success, saying, “They fully deserve the accolades and achievements they have attained.”
Guardiola also acknowledged that Brighton’s unique style of play poses an incredible challenge for Manchester City, especially with two major finals on the horizon—the Champions League final and the FA Cup final.
Explaining his admiration for De Zerbi’s coaching approach, Guardiola highlighted Brighton’s mastery of passing the ball to an open teammate, their impeccable timing, and the ability to maintain the right tempo during their play.
He attributed these qualities to the foundation laid by Graham Potter, whom De Zerbi succeeded.
Having clinched the Premier League title, Manchester City now looks forward to their remaining fixtures against Brighton and Brentford.
Furthermore, they are set to face Manchester United in the FA Cup final on June 3 and Inter Milan in the Champions League final on June 10.
Guardiola recognizes the significance of the upcoming matches and acknowledges the formidable challenge posed by Brighton, whom he regards as a team to learn from.