De Zerbi attitude is ‘infectious’

Roberto de Zerbi with Jason Steele

Guillem Ballague, Spanish football journalist

Brighton’s goalkeeper, Jason Steele, has experienced a remarkable transformation under coach Roberto de Zerbi. Previously relegated to being a second or even third-choice goalkeeper, Steele has now earned his place in England’s national team.

Steele recently expressed his enthusiasm, stating in the club’s programme, “I eagerly anticipate every training session. There hasn’t been a moment where I’ve felt the need for a break.”

He described De Zerbi as a committed coach who consistently pushes himself and the players to improve. Steele admitted that his perspective on football has completely evolved under De Zerbi’s guidance, altering how he watches both live matches and television games.

When Spanish forward Ansu Fati was deciding his next club after leaving Barcelona, he considered Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton as potential options. Fati initially spoke with Ange Postecoglou, who left a lasting impression on the young player. However, it was De Zerbi’s conversation that persuaded Fati to choose Brighton.

De Zerbi, a former number 10 himself, empathized with the challenges and frustrations Fati faced in Spain. He assured Fati that his coaching style, combined with Brighton’s playing style, would reignite his passion for the game and maximize his untapped potential.

Fati’s desire to be coached by Roberto de Zerbi ultimately led him to join Brighton, as he believed it was the logical next step for his career.

Read more from Guillem about how De Zerbi is taking football to the next level


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