Rome, the secrets of De Zerbi’s Brighton: Ferguson the jewel

De Rossi, he declared, considers the Brescia coach one from whom he draws inspiration. So here are the strengths of Roma’s opponents

Emanuele Zotti

– Rome

De Rossi against the “master” De Zerbi. The draw in Nyon has decided that Brighton will be Roma’s opponent in the round of 16 of the Europa League, scheduled for 7th at the Olimpico and 14th March in England. The road leading to the final on May 22nd in Dublin begins uphill, given that the former Sassuolo team – beyond seventh place in the Premier League table – is seen by all as one of the best in Europe in terms of play produced . The Roma coach also thinks so, having included De Zerbi among the coaches from whom he draws inspiration.


First of all Joao Pedro, one goal per game so far in the Europa League. Then watch out for Evan Ferguson, one of De Zerbi’s most precious jewels: 19 years old, center forward, 6 goals in the Premier League in 23 appearances, 12 of which as a starter. De Zerbi can then count on the experience of Milner (third in terms of appearances in the history of the Premier League, he plays at least three roles) and on the intelligence of Mitoma.


Verbruggen; Lamptey, Van Hecke, Dunk, Estupinan; Gross, Gilmour, Milner; Goodnight, Joao Pedro, Mitoma. All. De Zerbi.


Roberto De Zerbi, who arrived at Brighton in September 2022, is a true idol for the fans, who also dedicated a mural to him. His team runs and gambles, sometimes gets punished (even sensationally) but usually capitalizes in the best way on his perfectly studied maneuvers. He has been able to change sides in the running to compensate for injuries or to adapt to the opponents (in particular from 3-4-2-1 to 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3), for Pep Guardiola at the moment his it’s the best team to build from the bottom. The club wants to lock him up until 2027.


With four wins, one draw and one defeat, Brighton finished the group in first place, avoiding the playoff as Roma did. The only misstep was on the debut, perhaps due to the team’s inexperience, at home against Aek Athens (2-3), then the draw (2-2) in Marseille against OM and a sequence of four victories, including the double 2-0 against Ajax.