Roberto De Zerbi vows to hold on to his guns despite Brighton drought

Brighton head coach Roberto De Zerbi will stay true to his vision as he tries to get the Seagulls back on goal as they prepare to face Manchester City.

Since scoring three goals to draw at Liverpool in his first game in charge after taking over from Graham Potter, De Zerbi’s side have not scored in three games.

Despite gaps, the Seagulls have registered 54 attempts on goal during their mini-drought, which continued with a 0-0 home draw to fighter Nottingham Forest.

Leandro Trossard, who scored a hat-trick at Anfield, hit the bar against Forest in the first half and then hinted that Brighton might not have believed enough in the last third.

However, former Sassuolo and Shakhtar Donetsk coach De Zerbi remains confident the goals will come.

“We need to improve in the last 20 meters but I don’t want that to be the only (only) problem,” said the Italian.

“We showed good quality of play and we had chances to score in the last two games. We have to keep playing with this quality. We must not forget our path and our style.

“We can’t just change our idea depending on the result. We have to follow our idea, our path and maybe if we find one more goal we can change the season.

“I don’t want to change too much because I like the players and this way of playing off the ball. With the ball I’m working on changing some things, I’m thinking about the positions on the pitch.

“But it’s difficult to talk about those four games because I have my vision.”

De Zerbi said at a press conference: “We only got two points, I don’t want to talk too much about whether we were unlucky or not, but when we talk about the quality of the game I’m very happy.

“It’s difficult to listen to a coach say he’s happy when I haven’t won, but it is true. The most important thing for everyone is the result, but a coach can choose the path to the result, it can be very different.

“It’s not a very nice moment for us in terms of the result, but in those moments you have to focus on your style. If we play with the same quality as the last games, I am sure that the result can come.”

A trip to the Etihad Stadium might not be the best place to rediscover your touch on the ball.

Despite the caliber of opposition, de Zerbi believes his side should be confident they can produce the performance required.

“For me they are the best team in the Premier League and one of the best in Europe,” said the Seagulls coach.

“You have to defend with the utmost concentration and go into duels with concentration, but you also have to try to attack.

“We will definitely try to play with the same mentality. After I don’t know the result – but we will leave Brighton to play the same style.” Roberto De Zerbi vows to hold on to his guns despite Brighton drought

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