Brighton boss De Zerbi wary of FA Cup underdogs Grimsby

Brighton boss De Zerbi wary of FA Cup underdogs Grimsby

Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi
Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi. Photo: Oli SCARFF / AFP
Source: AFP

Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi says it would be a "big mistake" for the Premier League side to take fourth-tier Grimsby lightly when the teams meet in an FA Cup quarter-final on Sunday.

League Two Grimsby have defeated five clubs above them in English football's structure -- Plymouth, Cambridge, Burton, Luton and Southampton -- to secure a last-four clash with the high-flying Seagulls.

De Zerbi has warned of the threat Grimsby pose after they beat Premier League club Southampton in the previous round.

"It will be a difficult game," the Italian said on Friday. "But I want (the) players to give 100 percent of possibilities.

"I want our fans to support our players because Sunday is a difficult game. We have to not think, 'We are Brighton from the Premier League and Grimsby are in the fourth division', because we would make a big mistake."

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"We have to play seriously, because for us it is a big opportunity to go to Wembley," added De Zerbi, whose side are seventh in the Premier League.

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Brighton will be without right-back Tariq Lamptey, who suffered a knee injury against West Ham earlier this month, while Adam Lallana and Jakub Moder remain sidelined.

Source: AFP