All You Need To Know About Graham Potter’s Replacement Tactics, Style Of Play And Career History 

All You Need To Know About Graham Potter’s Replacement Tactics, Style Of Play And Career History 

English Premiership side (EPL) Brighton & Hove Albion replaced former coach Graham Potter with former Shakhtar Donetsk coach Roberto De Zerbi.

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This was after, the English side parted company amicably with Graham Potter who joined Chelsea.


Todd Boehly swiftly appointed Potter to the zenith of the club after ‘ruthlessly’ sacking coach Thomas Tuchel who had endured a humiliating UEFA Champions League defeat against Dinamo Zagreb in the group stage fixture.

Roberto De Zerbi’s new era will commence right after the international break and as we await his litmus test in the premier league here is what you need to know about the coach’s style of play, tactics, and career history.

Roberto De Zerbi’s Career History

The Italian started his football career in Italy’s lower leagues. De Zerbi’s breakthrough as a footballer came at a point when he was playing as an attacking midfielder for Foggia.

De Zerbia also played for Arezzo and Catania, a season apiece before signing for Napoli who paid a fee of €2.5 million in 2006. Fours years later, Napoli announced to have loaned him to Liga 1 club CFR Cluj, who then signed him on a permanent three-year deal.

De Zerbi retired in 2013 after representing 11 different clubs.

After hanging his boots as a player, the former Napoli man took his first role as a coach in the Italian fourth tier with an amateur club, Darfo Boario prior to his return to former club Foggia which shaped him as a footballer.

De Zerbi’s two-year stint with Foggia was enough to prove how promising he was as a coach after leading the club to its Coppa Italia Lega Pro glory.

Foggia parted ways with De Zerbi leading to Palermo appointing him as the new head coach on On 6 September 2016 following Davide Ballardini‘s departure.

Apart from the aforementioned clubs, De Zerbi also coached Benevento, Sassuolo, and Shakhtar Donetsk.


De Zerbi’s coaching career so far

• 2013 to 2014: Began his coaching career with Italian amateur side Darfo Boario.

• 2014 to 2016: Joined Serie C side Foggia, winning the Coppa Italia Serie C and narrowly missing out on promotion.

• 2016: Spent two and a half months at Serie A side Palermo, but was sacked after a poor start to the season.

• 2017 to 2018: Joined recently promoted Serie A side Benevento. De Zerbi earned plaudits despite his side’s relegation back to Serie B.

• 2018 to 2021: Appointed manager of Sassuolo, leading the club to two successive eighth-place finishes. Missed out on the Europa Conference League to Roma on goal difference in 2021.

• 2021 to 2022: Took his first job outside of Italy at Shakhtar Donetsk, winning the Ukrainian Super Cup in September 2021. Left the role due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.


Roberto De Zerbi’s Tactics And Style Of Play


The 43-year-old Italian coach shares the same beliefs with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola who is well-known for his possession-based style of play.

De Zerbi likes to build from the back, exploring gaps from the opponent. This is also peculiar to Guardiola’s style of play which he has reinvented over and over, winning major trophies in different leagues.

Since Brighton has exceptionally improved on possession-based style under Graham Potter, the coming in of De Zerbi could add value to the club and it will possibly be simple for players to adapt to the new coach’s philosophy of possession-based style.

The former Donetsk coach De Zerbi favors a 4-2-3-1 formation. This formation gives De Zerbi the advantage of playing from the back and giving his attackers wider options upfront utilizing the space created in the build-up.

However, it remains to be seen if De Zebri could use this formation and succeed in the premier league.







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