Roberto De Zerbi preparing for Brighton vs Tottenham

Roberto De Zerbi will be keeping an eye on his Albion team very early today.

The head coach takes charge of Amex for the first time at Tottenham.

He is slowly but surely making his changes, having succeeded Graham Potter at the helm.

An example he gave yesterday in an interview with the media related to the players’ day off.

This routine of a rest day during the week has not yet been abolished.

But it sounded like it might be at some point.

There have been many observations of how his debut game at Liverpool was a free-running affair.

In line with his goals for and goals conceded records when he was in charge of Sassuolo.

Fair point – although it should be added that games involving Jurgen Klopp’s team tend to be open, high-energy affairs, no matter who they play against.

A better gauge of whether we’ll be watching such fun football on a regular basis might come against Tottenham today.

De Zerbi was told in his press conference yesterday that Antonio Conte’s team can be a bit boring.

Tough maybe, but we can certainly expect a different test.

One thing that certainly changed at Anfield was the sight of the head coach on the pitch during the warm-up.

He took a position in the middle of a fairly busy half of the Anfield playing area as 20 players and several staff were doing their thing.

De Zerbi watched up close as players in small groups traded short passes in preparation for the upcoming Test.

He always does – and that’s why it’s being continued this afternoon in the Amex.

When asked why, he told The Argus: “To understand the stadium, to understand the atmosphere.

“To see how the players do the warm-up.

“To understand whether I should speak quieter or louder when we return to the dressing room.

“We have to be very focused”

What followed was an explosive start as the tweaked rather than radically overhauled Albion took the lead with a 2-0 lead over a shocked Liverpool.

Speaking to the press yesterday, looking for the right synonym, it felt like he was comparing the first 20 minutes of watching his team to a first date.

It didn’t quite go that way, but the first impression certainly set the tone.

He said: “I discovered players I didn’t know that well.

“I didn’t think, for example, that Welbeck was so strong. He’s a fantastic player.

“Webster and Dunk, I didn’t get it until the end (at Liverpool) but now I realize they are very good, strong players.

“The real surprise that struck me was the impact of the game at Liverpool.

“Because it’s like two people meeting for the first time, the first 20 minutes, and you give them this business card.

“Like he was saying, ‘Nice to meet you, we’re like that.’

“And from the pitch I felt, ‘Wow, what a great team we have’.

“It’s a lot more in the head, which has to do with the mentality.

“Of course there are physical qualities, technique, but it has a lot more to do with the head.”

In the end, the new boss settled the Anfield tie as two points that got away.

But a lot of knowledge and experience was gained.

He highlighted a key moment – when Solly March’s low cross was intercepted just in front of the Kop, with the Seagulls leading 2-1.

A quick counterattack from Liverpool then equalized through Roberto Firmino.

De Zerbi said: “The game against Liverpool was more important for the mentality than the result because we lost two points.

“When the score was 2-1, a minute before Firmino’s second goal, we managed to score another goal to make it 3-1.

“The result is not that important for the end of the season.

“Right now it’s more important to build the right mentality and the performance at Liverpool was important for the mind, for ourselves, not just for the results.

“Tottenham the same, but after that Brentford the same.

“We’re never afraid to play against the top teams and I’m sure the Brighton players don’t have that problem.”

Fans will give De Zerbi a warm welcome. He’s looking forward to it.

You will see each other often.

As for players’ days off during the week?

“I don’t want to change players’ habits and habits.

“I don’t want to change that much, but of course I want to put my touch.

“If Tony Bloom and Paul Barber hired me, it was because they wanted to see them play my kind of football.”

And it all starts well before kick-off. Roberto De Zerbi preparing for Brighton vs Tottenham

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