Albion have become Italian with their new coaching team – with a little bit of Barcelona.
Fans who arrive fairly early will see a number of staff on the field during the warm-up.
Andrew Crofts is a familiar face, as is Jack Stern – despite being relatively new to the workforce.
But Roberto De Zerbi, who was center at Anfield and kept a close eye on warm-up drills, has brought several of his own men with him.
Adding the Barca touch is goalkeeping coach Ricard Segarra, who used to coordinate the coaches at La Masia, the Catalan giants’ youth division.
Segarra said at the time: “The club’s goalkeeping department is working to unify the criteria needed to train and sign goalkeepers from the age of seven up to first team level. Our goalkeeper is like another outfield player thanks to our idea of possession football at Barça.
“Playing the ball with your foot is a differentiating factor for us. It’s been there since we were little.
“Our players know they need to step up to 11-a-side football with a good understanding of how to play with the ball at your feet.”
Another European giant now represented is AC Milan. De Zerbi’s assistant Andrea Maldera is the son and nephew of former Rossoneri players.
He himself worked with Milan and the Ukrainian national team.
Fluent in Italian, English, Russian and Spanish, Enrico Venturelli worked with De Zerbi at Shakhtar after a varied career, including roles at UEFA and the Olympics.
Vincenzo Teresa, Marcattilio Marcattilii and Agustin Tibaudi are all athletic or conditioning coaches.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/sport/23031606.ex-fc-barcelona-man-ricard-segarra-brighton-colleagues/?ref=rss Ex-Barcelona player Ricard Segarra and colleagues from Brighton