Brighton boss sweeps Chelsea with humorous dig over Moises Caicedo transfer, says they are at ‘Europa league unlike the Blues’
De Zerbi trolls Chelsea's lack of European football.
L- Roberto De Zerbi and R-Moises Caicedo (Images via Getty)
Brighton, Hove Albion, and Chelsea are locked in discussions about the transfer of Moises Caicedo. Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi spoke out on the matter and explained that if Caicedo departs, they need a substitute for him. He also took a dig at Chelsea, as the Blues are not contesting in any European championships.
Speaking to the media, De Zerbi addressed the transfer issue of Caicedo; he said, “If Moises leaves, we have to find the right player. We have to substitute him with a great player because this year we play in the Europa League, unlike Chelsea.” Brighton will compete in the Europa League this year after finishing 6th in the Premier League.
This will be Brighton’s maiden European campaign. Chelsea, on the other hand, had a dismal season last year. The Blues changed three coaches over the season and spent a humongous $400 million in the transfer window. Yet the club finished in the lower half of the table, at 12th position.
The Blues hope to finish strongly this season. They have appointed a new manager, Mauricio Pochettino, who will aim to lead the club to the upper echelons of the Premier League. Meanwhile, Brighton gears up to leave their mark on Europe. Brighton played a pre-season friendly against Chelsea in the USA, where Chelsea beat the Seagulls 4-3.
Chelsea defeated Brighton 4-3 in the USA preseason tour
In their USA preseason tour, Chelsea faced off against fellow Premier League club Brighton and Hove Albion. The clubs faced off at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The Blues beat the Seagulls 4-3. The match was held as a part of the Premier League Summer Series.
The game had a spicy touch to it, as it was preceded by comments from Brighton’s manager Roberto De Zerbi. De Zerbi had mocked Chelsea for their lack of European competitions this season. The comment also affected the game, as it was a rough game with both sides playing hard.
The match saw a red card to Brighton’s Jan Paul Van Hecke and a total of 31 fouls, a massive number for a friendly. Chelsea saw goals from Nicolas Jackson, Mykhaylo Mudryk, Christopher Nkunku, and Connor Gallagher. Danny Welbeck, Deniz Undav, and Joao Pedro scored for the seagulls.
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