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Roberto De Zerbi is considered one of the up-and-coming coaches in world football. © APA/afp / GLYN KIRK

When Italy's coaching promise is on the curve

On Thursday evening, Brescia Calcio will fight for relegation in Serie B in the all-important playout second leg against Cosenza Calcio. The home team can count on prominent support.

Roberto De Zerbi is considered one of the up-and-coming coaches in world football. The Italian caused a sensation in Serie A with Sassuolo before moving to Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine. Because of the war there, De Zerbi left Eastern Europe after just a few months. This season, the 43-year-old made his mark on the best league in the world, the Premier League, and led Brighton & Hove Albion to sixth place in the table. for the first time in the club's history in a European competition, namely the Europa League.

His offensive football philosophy is appreciated - even in his home country. That's why De Zerbi is often talked about as Allegri's successor at Juventus. But despite its current highs, De Zerbi has never forgotten its roots. The current Premier League coach was born in Brescia and, as a teenager, was regularly involved with the Lombard club, for which legends such as Roberto Baggio and Pep Guardiola played, among others, in the early 2000s. That's why De Zerbi announced that he would be a fan in the Curva Nord on Thursday evening in the playout second leg against Cosenza.

The north curve of the Mario Rigamonti Stadium in Brescia. © Social Media

Several media outlets report this unanimously, including the Gazzetta Dello Sport. De Zerbi wants to help Brescia avoid going into Serie C. However, the team around captain Dimitri Bisoli (he is the son of FCS coach Pierpaolo Bisoli) has to make up a 0-1 deficit in the second leg. De Zerbi already announced in an interview this year that he was still an ardent Brescia fan and would therefore never be able to coach local rivals Atalanta. However, the former first division club's recent past was a difficult one. Club owner Massimo Cellino saves money at every turn because of his tax debts and is therefore hated by the fans. So against Cosenza it's about the future of the club - with a successful coach in the stands.


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