The new head coach arrived at the club’s lancing base yesterday.
After a strong start to the season under former head coach Graham Potter, he takes charge of a squad that is fourth in the Premier League.
De Zerbi has similar footballing ideals as his successor.
But he said, “Potter did a very good job – but I’m not Potter.
“I think we have a lot of things in common, but I’m not talking about the systems we play.
“I’m talking about principles and mentality.
“So if we can keep that mentality and those principles, I can bring in my ideas without making big changes.”
De Zerbi says he likes the quality of the Albion squad and it’s his job to help those players play their best.
He added: “Don’t throw the ball away. That’s very important, of course.
“Attack. To make the game, as we say in Italian.
“We have a lot of quality players to try and put them in the best positions to get their performance right. For example playing one against one or attacking properly.
“To put every single player in the best conditions with quality.”
At his first press conference, De Zerbi gave a first speech in English to journalists.
He then replied almost entirely in Italian, with the help of an interpreter.
However, he appeared to understand the vast majority of questions asked and said he intends to speak English by January.
He said: “I’m very passionate, I’ve always lived for football – as a player and now as a coach.
“I live the game as a fan understands it, but respectfully.
“Not only to respect the opposition, but also to respect the job because we are very fortunate to work in this field.
“If you love football and work in football, I think you are privileged.”
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