Brighton qualify for Europa League: ‘Special times at a club on the rise’

Enciso celebrates
Julio Enciso’s fantastic goal was a single of 20 photographs by Brighton towards Manchester City

These are “exclusive periods” at Brighton & Hove Albion.

The Seagulls have been soaring all season and on Wednesday they matched champions Manchester City in a thrilling 1-1 draw to seal a Europa League spot.

A club who ended up taking part in in League One particular 12 several years back have qualified for Europe for the very first time in their 122-12 months background, and they have done it by playing an attacking brand of football with an exciting, youthful and cheap squad.

“What an accomplishment, what a club, what a group of fellas,” Brighton goalkeeper Jason Steele explained to Sky Sports activities after the draw with Treble-chasing City.

“The togetherness, the tradition, and we are pushed by a top, top manager. Unique situations.”

‘Fortunately we employed the great man’

Brighton started the season brilliantly with a 2-1 win absent to Manchester United.

Immediately after six matches, they were being fourth in the table but then shed manager Graham Potter to Chelsea, who paid in surplus of £21m to safe his expert services, as very well as his assistant Billy Reid and several other important members of the coaching employees.

But somewhat than this currently being a setback for the club, it proved to be a catalyst. In came ex-Shakhtar Donetsk manager Roberto de Zerbi and the club have not appeared again considering the fact that.

“It has been tricky, we have had a transition with a new manager coming in and absolutely everyone has responded in a outstanding way,” striker Danny Welbeck explained to Sky Athletics.

“To get Europa League soccer is amazing. From top to bottom the club is superb.

“This club is on a rise and we won’t be able to wait for the Europa League up coming season.”

The Seagulls will be the initial English facet considering that Hull City in 2014 to make their debut in the Europa League just after recording their optimum top-flight complete and surpassing their former ideal of ninth previous season.

Albion have also damaged the club’s top-flight record for most wins in a season.

“I failed to think about targets [when I first came here],” De Zerbi explained to Sky Sports activities. “I wished to get the job done and to analyse the team and the gamers, to have an understanding of the new place and the new league.

“In February I begun to consider about the table, the remaining consequence and the goal. I am blessed due to the fact I uncovered a team of gamers who are excellent. I am regular, a good coach.”

De Zerbi was the only applicant Brighton spoke to following Potter departed.

He experienced led Serie A facet Sassuolo to successive eighth-placed finishes right before lifting the Ukrainian Tremendous Cup just after signing up for Shakhtar Donetsk.

“You never ever know in the early component of the season what could happen when you seek the services of a new coach,” Brighton chairman Tony Bloom told Sky Sports.

“Luckily we employed the great man, the gamers have taken to him so magnificently. His motivational abilities, tactical capabilities and having the ideal out of our gamers has been absolutely superb.”

‘We have to carry in more major players’

Brighton recorded 20 pictures on Wednesday, the most City have faced in the league this season, and scored a fantastic equaliser by means of Julio Enciso’s initially-50 percent strike.

Enciso, 19, is the hottest Brighton star to appeal to curiosity from the Premier League traditional elite. Indeed Brighton have scored two a lot more goals from young adults this season than the relaxation of the league mixed.

World Cup winner Alexis Mac Allister is also significantly coveted by rival teams, as are the likes of Moises Caicedo and Kaoru Mitoma.

“I really don’t know the long run, I don’t know the policy of these players,” De Zerbi explained to BBC Match of the Working day when asked about this summer’s transfer window.

“I consider they are worthy of to engage in in an additional stage. But we have to be completely ready to convey in more huge gamers because we will engage in four competitions.”

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