We were far batter than Chelsea — Brighton's de Zerbi laments after 3-2 defeat

Brighton boss Roberto de Zerbi || Image credit: Imago

We were far batter than Chelsea — Brighton's de Zerbi laments after 3-2 defeat

Faruq Ibrahim 19:00 - 03.12.2023

Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi expresses frustration over his team's loss to Chelsea, believing they played better overall but were undone by three major mistakes.

Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi believes his team played better against Chelsea, and that they deserved to win.

Despite playing with 10 men for almost an hour, Chelsea beat the Seagulls 3-2 at Stamford Bridge after a thrilling encounter, but De Zerbi claims they performed better than their counterparts.

Enzo Fernandez opened the scoring for the Blues in the 17th minute, and Levi Colwill doubled it four minutes later. Facundo Buonanotte pulled one back for Brighton in the 43rd minute and Conor Gallagher got sent off in the 45th minute to put the hosts at a disadvantage. 

Enzo furthered Chelsea’s lead from the penalty spot in the 65th minute despite the disadvantage, and Joao Pedro pulled on back for De Zerbi’s team 92 minutes later.

Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi points to the direction his team is headed.
Roberto de Zerbi

What De Zerbi said

"It is hard because I think we played much better than Chelsea. We made three big mistakes, two set pieces in the first half and we conceded the third goal in an incredible way,” he said, per the BBC.

Roberto De Zerbi |imago
Roberto De Zerbi |imago

"It as clear penalty for them but we can’t concede a counter-attack in that way. A corner for us. In that way we are young but we need to be more focused in that situation, a set pieces.

"We lost the game from that situation, not from the play because we played a great game. But football is like this."

Meanwhile, we explained how VAR helped Mauricio Pochettino's men steal a win.

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