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De Zerbi: We've rediscovered our confidence

Albion looking to cement top-ten finish in the final two games of the season.

By Charlie Hanson • 15 May 2024

By Paul Hazlewood
Roberto De Zerbi's team sit tenth ahead of Wednesday night's match.

Roberto De Zerbi has been pleased with his team’s performances in their last two Premier League outings and wants a strong end to the campaign. 

Albion beat Aston Villa 1-0 at the Amex, before picking up a point at St James’ Park from a 1-1 draw against Newcastle United last Saturday.

It means Albion’s target of a third successive top-ten finish is in their hands.

“The last two games we have been better [and played] with enthusiasm and confidence,” the Italian said.

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De Zerbi's Chelsea Press Conference

“Playing with João Pedro, Danny Welbeck and Julio Enciso in the right physical condition is important for us. Julio is playing well, he is in a good physical condition, João Pedro as well. 

“Simon Adingra, after two months of not [being in] the best physical condition, is now playing very well and for all of that we are in a good moment.”

Roberto is keen for his team to see out the season in positive fashion against Chelsea tonight and Manchester United on Sunday, both at the Amex. 

“It’s important because after Sunday we go on holiday and when we’re on holiday if we have no points [from the last two games] it will be a problem for me! I want us to finish in the top ten.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Mauricio Pochettino and Roberto De Zerbi.

Mauricio Pochettino's Chelsea have only suffered one defeat in their last 14 league games.

“They are playing very well, they deserve to fight to reach a European position in the table,” De Zerbi added. “Pochettino is a top coach, they have top players - some very young but they are improving.

“Game by game they have played better. I watched the last five, six games. For them it was crucial to win against Manchester United at home when they were losing 3-2, but they won 4-3."