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De Zerbi claims Wembley loss inspired Wolves thrashing

Roberto De Zerbi attributed Brighton’s 6-0 thrashing of Wolves on Saturday to the team’s defeat in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley.

De Zerbi was proud of his team’s performance and stated that it was the best of his career as the Seagulls confidently defeated the Wanderers and revived their bid for a place in Europe.

The outstanding display from Brighton included double goals from Deniz Undav, Pascal Gross, and Danny Welbeck at the Amex Stadium, making it their most impressive result in the Premier League.

Following the victory, Brighton has now amassed 52 points, which is equivalent to the club’s highest ever total of 1982, and places them two points behind Tottenham in fifth.

De Zerbi believes that the team’s exceptional performance was a direct reaction to the previous week’s FA Cup semi-final loss to Manchester United in a penalty shootout, as well as a 3-1 midweek loss to Nottingham Forest.

De Zerbi hails best performance of his career

“I think it’s the best performance in my career as a coach,” said the Italian former Sassuolo and Shakhtar Donetsk manager.

“We scored six goals but if we speak about the level of the play, the style of the play, the quality of the play, I think we are playing a very high level of football.

“This victory started in Wembley, not today, because today we showed pride, we played well.

“We suffered a lot after Wembley because we deserved to win, we suffered a lot in Nottingham because we played the Nottingham game with the heads still in Wembley and today you watched the reaction.

“The players are not like the players on the PlayStation or robots. They gave soul, heart and in those five days they suffered a lot.”

Due to concerns over player fatigue, De Zerbi decided to leave key players Moises Caicedo, Alexis Mac Allister, and Kaoru Mitoma on the bench at the start of the game.

However, the decision did not matter much as Brighton dominated their opponents with a remarkable performance.

Brighton’s Deniz Undav scored the opening goal in just six minutes to secure his first Premier League goal. Pascal Gross then scored twice, and Danny Welbeck headed in another, making the score 4-0 by halftime.

Despite making changes in the second half, Wolves could not find a way back into the game. Welbeck scored his second goal just after the break, and Undav added a delightful finish to complete the 6-0 rout.

Lopetegui apologizes to Wolves’ fans

After the game, Wanderers manager Julen Lopetegui apologized to the traveling fans and took responsibility for the defeat. He acknowledged that his team contributed to their own downfall and the loss keeps them in danger of relegation.

“It’s a very bad day for us,” said Lopetegui, whose side sit eight points above the drop zone.

“I accept my responsibility today. We are sorry a lot for the fans who came here. I don’t recognise my team today, my players they are better than they showed.

“I am guilty more than ever today because I am the coach. In the same way, the players have to know they have to do better.

“I apologize for the fans. It’s a bad day for them. We play for them and we are very sad about the end (result).”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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