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18 goals in six games, but De Zerbi wants more

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Albion top the Premier League goalscoring charts.

By Charlie Hanson • 30 September 2023

By Paul Hazlewood
Roberto De Zerbi's team have won five of their opening six Premier League games.

Roberto De Zerbi believes his team should have scored more than their 18 goals after six Premier League games.

Currently top scorers in the Premier League, Albion’s goalscoring exploits have only be matched by Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Girona across Europe’s top five leagues.

Despite the impressive stat, our head coach feels that we should have finished more of the chances we’ve created.

“I’m proud, but we have not scored enough, because we have had too many chances to be happy with 18 goals,” he said. “We could have 25 goals, so we have to score them [the opportunities].

“We have to put the focus on the attackers. I’m speaking about Ansu Fati, Joao Pedro, Solly March, [Simon] Adingra, [Facundo] Buonanotte.

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“Because even on Wednesday [against Chelsea] we could have scored from four or five clear situations.

“I remember Ansu Fati was one-v-one with the goalkeeper, Joao Pedro as well. Solly March in the second half, another big, big chance. Joao Pedro in the second half again. And [Pervis] Estupinan, one-v-one with the keeper. Five chances! 

“In the Premier League too, it’s the same. We could score more goals.  

“This is the first point, and my second point is we are conceding too many goals. Against Luton, Wolverhampton, Newcastle and Manchester United [we shouldn’t have conceded]. 

“To concede a goal is not a problem, it’s part of football. But we have to consider it [a problem] if we want to improve and progress.”