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sport news Adam Lallana believes Brighton's squad is as mentally 'strong' and determined ... trends now
sport news Adam Lallana believes Brighton's squad is as mentally 'strong' and determined ... trends now

sport news Adam Lallana believes Brighton's squad is as mentally 'strong' and determined ... trends now

Adam Lallana loves life at Brighton under revolutionary boss Roberto De Zerbi  He shadowed De Zerbi while injured and is impressed with his attention to detail Mail Sport spent a week behind the scenes with Brighton to see how they tick 

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Adam Lallana is among a cohort of hugely experienced, over-30, proven winners at Brighton and has forged a particularly close bond with manager Roberto De Zerbi.

‘My relationship with Roberto is like he’s an older sibling, an older brother I’ve never had,’ says Lallana, who joined the club from Liverpool in 2020 and turned 35 in May. ‘He’s demanding as hell but I just always want to impress him and make sure he’s not disappointed in me.

‘He’ll have that effect on every player in the group. His demands are extremely high. As demanding as Jurgen [Klopp] I’d say, but in a different way. My manager now is obsessed tactically whereas Jurgen was obsessed with emotional footie. They’re different, but both work.’

Lallana’s six years at Liverpool included winning the Champions League in 2019 having also picked up a runners-up medal in 2018, and a Premier League title in 2019-20, among other honours.

When injured for the final four months of last season, Lallana shadowed De Zerbi, attending every planning meeting and acting in effect as a bridge to the younger players. He is also a mentor to the Under-21s.

Adam Lallana has found a new lease of life at Brighton after joining from Liverpool in 2020

Adam Lallana has found a new lease of life at Brighton after joining from Liverpool in 2020

He has a great relationship with Roberto De Zerbi and shadowed him while he was injured

He has a great relationship with Roberto De Zerbi and shadowed him while he was injured 

‘The manager’s demands are, well... there are times you walk off the training pitch, there are times I’ve had to speak to lads and say don’t worry [about the intensity of what’s just happened]. It’s coming from a good place.

‘He wants more from you because he believes in you. He wouldn’t be bothering with you if he didn’t think you were in his plans or could be better.

‘But

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