Brighton & Hove Albion FC have qualified for the UEFA Europa League for the first time in the club’s history.
These are “special times” at Brighton & Hove Albion.
The Seagulls have been on a roll this season. On Wednesday they drew 1-1 with champions Manchester City to secure a Europa League berth.
A team that was in League One 12 years ago has qualified for Europe for the first time in their 122-year existence. They did it by playing an aggressive form of football with an exciting, youthful, and affordable roster.
“What an achievement, what a club, what a group of guys,” Brighton goalkeeper Jason Steele told Sky Sports following the draw with Treble-chasing City.
“The teamwork, the culture, and the fact that we are led by a top, top manager.” “Special occasions.”
Brighton & Hove Albion kicked off the season with a 2-1 victory over Manchester United.
They were fourth in the standings after six games but then lost manager Graham Potter to Chelsea, who paid more than £21 million for his services, as well as his deputy Billy Reid and numerous other important members of the coaching team.
However, rather than being a setback, this proved to be a motivator for the club. Ex-Shakhtar Donetsk manager Roberto de Zerbi was brought in, and the team has not looked back since.
“It’s been difficult, we’ve had a transition with a new manager coming in, and everyone has responded brilliantly,” said striker Danny Welbeck.
“Getting Europa League football is incredible.” The club is great from top to bottom.
“This is a club on the rise, and we can’t wait for the Europa League next season.”
Brighton & Hove Albion will play in the Europa League Next Season
The Seagulls will be the first English club to play in the Europa League since Hull City in 2014. They have achieved their greatest top-flight finish to date, finishing ninth last season.
Albion have also set a new top-flight record for most victories in a season.
“I didn’t think about targets [when I first came here],” De Zerbi explained to Sky Sports. “I wanted to work and analyze the team and the players, to learn about the new country and league.”
“In February, I began to consider the table, the end result, and the goal.”
I am fortunate to have discovered a terrific group of gamers. “I am a normal person and a good coach.”
After Potter’s departure, Brighton only communicated with De Zerbi.
He had guided Serie A team Sassuolo to consecutive eighth-place finishes before joining Shakhtar Donetsk and winning the Ukrainian Super Cup.
“You never know what may happen in the early part of the season when you hire a new coach,” Brighton chairman Tony Bloom told Sky Sports.
“Fortunately, we hired the perfect man, and the players have responded magnificently to him.” His motivational qualities, tactical abilities, and ability to get the most out of our players have been outstanding.”