Adam Lallana praises Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi and compares his coaching style to Jurgen Klopp, highlights the strength of the dressing room.
WHAT HAPPENED? Lallana, a seasoned footballer with a wealth of experience, has formed a strong connection with the Brighton manager. Lallana, who joined Brighton from Liverpool in 2020, describes his relationship with De Zerbi as akin to that of an older sibling.
According to Lallana, De Zerbi is exceptionally demanding, much like Jurgen Klopp, his former manager at Liverpool. However, the two coaches have different approaches to the game. While Klopp focused on the emotional aspect of football, De Zerbi is tactically obsessed. Lallana acknowledges that both coaching styles are effective.
AND WHAT'S MORE? Lallana emphasizes the high demands De Zerbi places on the players, sometimes even prompting him to reassure his teammates about the intensity of training sessions. Despite the rigorous training regimen, he emphasises that De Zerbi's approach comes from a good place. Moreover, Lallana lauds the unity and strength of Brighton's dressing room, likening it to the camaraderie of the Liverpool team during their title-winning period.
WHAT THEY SAID: «My relationship with Roberto is like he’s an older sibling, an older brother I’ve never had. He’s demanding as hell but I just always want to impress him and make sure he’s not disappointed in me. His demands are extremely high. As demanding as Jurgen [Klopp] I’d say, but in a different way,» said Lallana [via Daily Mail].
Lallana further elaborated on the manager's impact: «The manager’s demands are, well… there are times you walk off the training pitch, there are times I’ve had to speak to lads and say don’t worry [about the intensityRead on goal.com