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‘I’m suffering’ – Roberto De Zerbi rues Brighton away form with Newcastle United on the horizon

Roberto De Zerbi was downtrodden after his Brighton side, who’s next match on the road is against Newcastle United, were comfortably seen off by Bournemouth.

The Cherries confirmed their greatest-ever tally of points in a Premier League campaign with a 3-0 win against the Seagulls on Sunday. Goals from Marcos Senesi, Enes Unal and Justin Kluivert blew the visiting side away.

Granted De Zerbi had called upon some of his club’s youth talent to make up the numbers in light of a long injury list, but still the problem for Brighton was compounded as their run of away fixtures without a win in all competitions carries on since their last success on February 18, whilst confirming a winless April for the club.

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“Tough performance, tough result,” said the Italian at the Vitality Stadium, before truthfully admitting: “We are sorry for the performance and for this moment, but we are not able to give our best and our best is not enough to compete in the Premier League.

“It can happen in football to lose the motivation to reach a target. We need to find the energy to finish the season in a different way. I’m suffering a lot. We have to stop this moment quickly.”

Last season Brighton were a force to be reckoned with, though now this wounded animal is limping towards the finish line without the hope of European qualification. Newcastle, on the other hand, have it all to play for.

They sit in a decent position to secure Europa Conference League football for the 2024/25 campaign, and that could yet improve should they manage to leapfrog Manchester United for a Europa League spot in the final four matches of the campaign.

Brighton’s trip to St. James’ Park is the third-to-last in both team’s respective run-ins, and the Seagulls’ only remaining fixture away from the South Coast. If that motivation is not rediscovered in time, Eddie Howe‘s men – who have scored 14 in their last four at home – will not let anyone stand in their way.

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