De Zerbi reveals why he won’t celebrate after beating Chelsea 4-1

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Brighton defeated Chelsea 4-1 at the Amex Stadium on Saturday afternoon – in what was Roberto de Zerbi’s first win since replacing Graham Potter.

The Seagulls were 3-0 up at half-time after exploiting Chelsea’s poor tactical approach.

However, it was a different second-half following the tactical change made at half-time. But it was pretty late by then.

De Zerbi admitted he was pleased with the result but opted not to celebrate, as he didn’t adapt to Graham Potter’s second-half changes.

Speaking about the victory, he said: “I am very happy for the players, the club and the people who work with the team.

“And, of course, the great fans because they were the best players on the pitch – they helped us so much.

“The first 20-25 minutes we were fantastic, in how we played with and without the ball. We played with an intensity I liked.

“I won’t be celebrating too much, because next Saturday is another game and I made a mistake because they made a tactical change and I didn’t adapt.

“But 4-1 against Chelsea is still an amazing result and I hope everyone enjoys it.”

Asked about the booing of Potter by Brighton’s fans, he told BBC Sport: “No I don’t want to speak for this. I am sorry for these things. I don’t know the situation of the past and I don’t want to know.”