Roberto De Zerbi says he 'will have to buy a Brighton season ticket'

Roberto De Zerbi jokes that he ‘will have to pay for a season ticket’ after overseeing Brighton’s 5-0 win against Grimsby from the stands, and admits he ‘CAN’T decide’ if he would rather win the FA Cup or qualify for the Champions League

  • Roberto De Zerbi has joked he will have to ‘pay for a Brighton season ticket’
  • The Italian has overseen their last two win from the stands after a suspension
  • Brighton defeated Grimsby 5-0 to qualify for the FA Cup semi-finals in April

Roberto De Zerbi joked he will have to splash out on a Brighton season ticket after overseeing two stellar victories from the stands, including Saturday’s 5-0 FA Cup win over Grimsby.

This latest triumph follows a 4-0 Premier League win over West Ham earlier this month when De Zerbi was also serving a touchline suspension. ‘

Two games, one 4-0 and another 5-0,’ De Zerbi said. ‘I’ll have to pay for a season ticket for the last part of the season, no?’

After securing a spot in the FA Cup’s semi finals at Wembley Stadium thanks to yesterday’s win, De Zerbi said he cannot choose between winning this competition and Champions League qualification. The Brighton boss instead said he would prefer both.

‘I can’t decide,’ said De Zerbi. ‘But I don’t want this doubt. I want everything – I want to fight in every competition. 

Roberto De Zerbi watched on from the stands as Brighton defeated Grimsby 5-0 in the FA Cup 

De Zerbi said he will have to ‘pay for a season ticket’ after overseeing two games from stands

Brighton advanced to the semi-finals of the tournament where they will play Man United

‘I don’t know where we will arrive, what we will achieve, but I know very well we are ready to fight, to try to win, to try to achieve our targets.

‘Is our confidence enough to win? We have to play well. We have to play a perfect game in the semi-final and a final. Our ambition is to try, to fight and to write the new history of our club.’

Asked if he has been to Wembley before, De Zerbi added: ‘Yes, but as a tourist. I think this is better. I was there for Argentina vs Italia (finalissima) last June. Like an Italy fan.’

Grimsby boss Paul Hurst was asked what his abiding memory of yesterday’s game would be. ‘The final whistle!’ Hurst said, smiling. ‘No, seriously, the fans. It’s unusual to lose 5-0 and have your fans celebrating and cheering like we’d won the game. That’s a special moment. 

Seeing the fans there to greet the bus, passing on their best wishes, that’s what it’s about. It’s never easy when you lose a game, even one like this when you’re the massive underdog.’

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