Unai Emery admits that when Brighton & Hove Albion visit Villa Park, the Seagulls can ‘teach’ Aston Villa a lesson. He admires Roberto De Zerbi’s acceptance of ‘diverse’ styles.
The Villans host the Amex Stadium locals in the Premier League on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. It sets two teams with identical aims and season beginnings against each other. Emery’s Aston Villa and De Zerbi’s Brighton are both vying for a place in Europe.
Last season, De Zerbi led the Seagulls into Europe for the first time in the club’s history, with a place in the Europa League. While Emery turned around Aston Villa’s fortunes to secure a place in the Conference League. He 1.
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Brighton can ‘teach’ Aston Villa a lesson, according to Emery.
Brighton have made a solid start to the season, sitting third in the Premier League table after six games. Aston Villa are in sixth place, three points behind the Seagulls, and will host De Zerbi’s side. And Emery admits that his club can learn from how the Italian is running Brighton.
“I always try to watch the teams we are going to face,” he remarked, according to The Guardian. “But when there are some teams that are especially different and can possibly teach us different tactical ideas, I really focus on them, and Brighton is one of them.”
“As coaches, we want to contribute something if we can improve. I prefer to analyze every team we face and then attempt to add, especially from teams that do something different at different points of the game, tactically, offensively, or defensively.
“The most difficult way is to build, to create a style of keeping possession and avoiding the opponents’ pressing, and I admire those teams and their coaches tremendously.”
“The most important one is maybe [Pep] Guardiola and now De Zerbi, as well, has been a little bit different and very, very successful.”
The Villans are unbeaten in their last five meetings with the Seagulls.
So far this season, Brighton have scored more goals (18) than any other club, while Aston Villa have scored 12. The Seagulls also have a better defensive record than the Villans, allowing eight goals to ten. Their efforts have resulted in five victories and one defeat.
However, a trip to Aston Villa on Saturday could put Brighton to the test. So far, Emery’s team has only conceded one goal in two games at Villa Park. However, 15 of the Seagulls’ league-high goals have come from open play. As a result, they will be optimistic about their prospects of scoring.
Emery’s desire for Aston Villa to learn from teams like De Zerbi’s Brighton says a lot about him as a manager. Last season, the Villans won both games against the Seagulls and are unbeaten in their last five Premier League games. Last season, Aston Villa won both games 2-1.