Europa League

Brighton Assistant Manager Andrea Maldera previews Roma showdown

Andy Mattioli

Brighton’s Assistant Manager to Roberto De Zerbi, Andrea Maldera, previewed the upcoming Europa League fixture with Roma.

In a lengthy interview with Il Messaggero, Maldera discussed the clash between De Rossi and De Zerbi on Thursday night at the Stadio Olimpico.

“Daniele is right: Roberto gave something different to football,” Maldera said when asked about De Rossi’s admiration for the Brighton technician.

“He tries to propose a game of dominance, which De Rossi is also doing, as well as Motta and others. Guardiola is the progenitor of this genre. Roberto’s genius lies in carrying forward certain concepts, going against somewhat stale clichés. He values ​​ball possession, order, application, communication with the group.”

“De Rossi sees Roberto’s genius in the way his teams perform. He expresses himself in his way of playing,” he added.

“De Rossi is an extraordinary lad, humble, curious. I was struck by his questions, he has passion and desire to learn. It’s too early to say whether he is a genius. He certainly didn’t just have an emotional impact on Roma, you can see his impact on the pitch. He brought serenity, lightness.”

“I expect the game to be a brilliant clash between two talented coaches. We are not defeated from the start, we will move forward with our certainties, with the game, the group and we hope to honor a historic match for us. I consider myself an esthete, I come from Sacchi’s Milan. I hope it will be a show for everyone to see.”

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