We played better than Chelsea – De Zerbi

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Roberto De Zerbi has insisted that his side played better than Chelsea, and deserved to win, following their 3-2 loss at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Enzo Fernandez and Levi Colwill scored a goal each to help Chelsea to a 2-0 lead in the first half, but Facundo Buonanotte cut the deficit to one, before Conor Gallagher was shown a red card after getting a second booking on the stroke of half-time.

Enzo converted a penalty to make it 3-1 to the Blues after the restart, with Brighton substitute, James Milner tripping Mykhailo Mudryk in their own box as he appeared set to increase Chelsea’s lead.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side held on for the rest of the game, and should have won it with a better scoreline, had Joao Pedro not scored late-on to make it 3-2 for Brighton.

Speaking after the clash, De Zerbi told BBC Match of the Day: “It is hard because I think we played much better than Chelsea.

“We made three big mistakes, two set pieces in the first half and we conceded the third goal in an incredible way.

“It was a clear penalty for them [for the game-winner] but we can’t concede a counter-attack in that way. A corner for us. In that way we are young but we need to be more focused in that situation, a set pieces.

“We lost the game from that situation, not from the play because we played a great game. But football is like this.”