Brighton vs Tottenham Hotspur: What did Roberto De Zerbi make about Joao Pedro’s performance?

The home side were at their usual best. Be it with pressing, attacking or defending, Brighton were on top for most parts of the game.

Joao Pedro in a file photo. Credits; Twitter/@OfficialBHAFC
By Karthik Raman | Dec 29, 2023 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Brighton & Hove Albion produced a clinical performance to overcome an in-form Tottenham Hotspur side in the Premier League. The home side were at their usual best, as Spurs struggled to keep up pace with them. Be it with pressing, attacking or defending, Brighton were on top for most parts of the game. They went 4-0 up at one stage in the second half, however, two late goals by Spurs meant the final scoreline read 4-2.

Roberto De Zerbi was understandably a happy man with the result, as he praised his players for the overall performance. “It was the best way to finish the year and I’m really proud of the last ten minutes. It’s too easy to talk about the first 80 minutes. I’m sorry we conceded two goals and did not got a clean sheet but we are Brighton. We can play 80 like the first part of the game and the same Brighton can suffer a lot in the last ten minutes. We made mistake with first goal we conceded but we played a great game because we showed incredible courage to defend man to man for 90 minutes,” De Zerbi, quoted on his club’s website, said after the Premier League match.

Roberto De Zerbi on Joao Pedro

The Brighton manager also had special praise reserved for their young striker Joao Pedro. He was on the scoresheet again, this time scoring twice from the penalty spot. Pedro is starting to create quite a reputation for being a reliable penalty taker. “He was the best player on the pitch, he played another incredible game. I’m pleased with his improvement in attitude and mentality. He defended for 90 minutes like a centre back and he is becoming a top player,” the manager added.

Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur manager Ange Postecoglou gave an honest assessment of the match. He believed that his players “looked a bit tired” early in the game. Even though the team lost the match, Postecoglou was happy with the effort his players gave on the night. “From my perspective, all I know is everything they had, the players gave tonight,” he was quoted as saying on

The manager added: “We probably looked a bit tired, lacked a bit of sharpness, particularly early in the game, and it’s understandable, we’ve been on this run for a while now where we’re asking the same players to keep performing, and the way we play is very taxing physically, we see that every week. Again, they gave everything tonight, but it just wasn’t enough. They don’t stop, and at the end there they gave everything, and that’s all I can ask for. That’s what you want. We came up short tonight, but that type of effort and endeavour has got us into the position we are in at the moment.”

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