Putin made me do it – Roberto de Zerbi says after 4-1 win over Chelsea

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Roberto de Zerbi got his first victory as Brighton manager, and unfortunately it was a 4-1 spanking for Chelsea.

De Zerbi ran on to the pitch when Brighton took an early lead, as Leandro Trossard scored a fifth minute goal.

To celebrate the goal, the Italian, who had not won in his first five games, ran onto the pitch, and had to be cautioned by the match officials.

Speaking after the game, De Zerbi said he was thinking about how the Russian invasion of Ukraine had forced him to quit his previous job at Shakhtar Donetsk.

De Zerbi blamed Russia president Vladimir Putin for keeping him out of a job.

“We have been through eight really tough months,” the Italian said.

“I had a great team Putin decided to take away from me. In that moment I found another team in Brighton. To find again a family and an atmosphere that lets you feel part of the environment is very nice. I have to be thankful to Brighton.”