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Tariq Lamptey Opens Up on Working With De Zerbi at Brighton, Excitement at Europe Qualification
- Black Stars defender Tariq Lamptey is full of praise for Roberto De Zerbi
- The manager has seen Brighton earn qualification for Europe next term
- Lamptey has been out with an injury he picked up versus earlier this year
Ghanaian defender, Tariq Lamptey has revealed why Italian manager, Roberto De Zerbi was successful in his first season in charge of Brighton & Hove Albion.
The former Sassuolo coach led the Seagulls to European qualification for the first time in their history, after finishing sixth in the recently concluded campaign.
De Zerbi replaced Graham Potter early in the season following the English gaffer's move to Chelsea, and has transformed the team into a formidable side.
"I have worked under two great coaches [Potter] and [De Zerbi] now and we have played attractive football. We always try to be on the front foot and score a lot of goals and it is entertaining to watch, to be honest," he told Citi Sport, as quoted by GHANASoccernet.
He said the tendency of Brighton to pass was something practiced during training and the Italian helped bring these techniques into games.
Under De Zerbi, the Seagulls have beaten some of the best sides in England, including Chelsea, Manchester United, and Liverpool.
Following their success this season, Brighton will now compete in the Europa League.
"Qualifying to play in Europe is amazing. It is the first time in the history of the club and it is very exciting to be part of this achievement," Lamptey added.
The 22-year-old has been out of action since March after picking up an injury in the match against West Ham United, as reported by The Athletic.
Lamptey missed Ghana's Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Angola and has been ruled out of the upcoming game against Madagascar in June.
Lamptey explains Ghana switch
Previously, Sports Brief reported that ex-England youth international, Lamptey revealed why he switched nationalities to represent the Black Stars.
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Although he was born in England to Ghanaian parents and represented the country at a youth level, he changed to the west Africans in June last year.
Lamptey was eventually named in Ghana's national squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, having made his debut against Brazil in September that year.