Roberto De Zerbi has no problem with comments from Graeme Souness

It seems Roberto De Zerbi may have underestimated how dismissive Graeme Souness was of his appointment as Albion head coach.

Not that the Italian will worry about what the former Liverpool skipper said on TalkSPORT.

De Zerbi is aiming for a first win in the league he is said to be unfamiliar with when the Seagulls go to Brentford tonight.

A point from two games is a narrow reward for Albion’s efforts against Liverpool and Tottenham.

But there will be a certain level of anticipation as they now face off against the Bees, followed by Nottingham Forest at the Amex on Tuesday.

This first victory under new leadership will be a milestone.

During a response at yesterday’s press conference, De Zerbi told reporters: “Souness said I only saw Brighton on video. It’s true, he’s right.

“But it wasn’t that brilliant to say because it’s true, but it’s something I’ve told you before.”

In fact, Souness De Zerbi didn’t even do that courtesy.

He said the former Sassuolo boss just did a little research on Google before speaking to Tony Bloom and Paul Barber.

When asked how he reacted, De Zerbi said: “Nothing, I don’t take the criticism, it’s not a problem for me.

“People can speak up and speak their minds and I have to accept that it’s not a problem for me.

“I’m 43 years old, not 20. I know very well that I should focus on my work.”

As De Zerbi pointed out, watching these videos — as he did extensively before getting the job — is one thing.

Working with your squad and living the Premier League is something completely different.

He said: “The Premier League is a fantastic league.

“I really enjoy it. The atmosphere is fantastic and I’m very proud to be the head coach here and I believe I can learn a lot and improve a lot compared to when I arrived.

“From this moment until the day I stay here, I will try to learn and improve, but of course always bring my ideas.”

De Zerbi jokingly asked for easy questions to be shot at him as he took his seat for the press conference ahead of the Brentford trip yesterday afternoon.

That, he said, is due to fatigue after a grueling week of training.

He knows what a challenge Brentford will offer and believes his side can ask them questions that are not easy to answer.

He said: “Brentford are a good team.

“We will have to suffer. They play well, second balls and long balls, but we can play our football and they will suffer too.

“Our skills and abilities, our players, our style of play.

“I think the last result (losing 1-0 to Tottenham) is not fair and we have a chance to win the next game.”

Brentford failed to score in two games against Albion last season but they certainly had their chances in west London.

De Zerbi expects an attack led by Ivan Toney to pose a threat.

But he added: “We can defend. We have Dunk, Webster and Veltman, they are big and great players.

“We have to defend as 11 and attack as 11.

“I don’t want to put more responsibility on Dunk or Webster because the first defender has to be Welbeck and the first attacker has to be Dunk.

“I would like to win four or 5-0, but I don’t think that’s possible.

“You have to choose your path, your style.

“In the first press conference I told you that I like to attack, but in football you have to attack and defend.” Roberto De Zerbi has no problem with comments from Graeme Souness

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