Danny Welbeck loves life with ‘special man’ Roberto De Zerbi and hopes Brighton can keep their highly-skilled manager.
De Zerbi has the high-flying Seagulls challenging European football to widespread applause for their attractive possession-based style of play.
Eighth-placed Albion underscored their continental qualification credentials by beating Wolves 6-0 on Saturday to record a club-record Premier League win.
Welbeck, who scored twice against Wanderers, believes De Zerbi is doing an “incredible job” and is unsurprised that the Italian is still linked to a host of top clubs.
“Obviously we are very happy to have him here,” the striker, who played for Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger early in his career, said of his current manager.
“Playing for him and his team and his style is incredible.
“I think every job that comes along, with him doing it so well, will tie into that. But I hope it’s still here.
“I don’t like to rank coaches because I have a lot of respect for each and every one, you learn a lot from every coach you have, but he is definitely a special coach and the style of play is very nice for him. play under.
“You learn a lot every day. He is a special man”.
Former England international Welbeck scored on both sides of halftime against Wolves as Brighton ended a challenging week in emphatic fashion.
Deniz Undav and Pascal Gross also scored braces to help the Seagulls bounce back from last weekend’s painful FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester United and a 3-1 midweek defeat at modest Nottingham. Forest.
Albion have already equaled the club record of 52 top-flight points set in 1982, but Welbeck knows De Zerbi won’t let standards drop in the last seven games of the campaign.
“Every day in training camp is always the same,” said the 32-year-old.
“He is very direct and knows how he wants his team to play and thanks to the guys, everyone has bought into his style.
“He keeps everyone motivated, everyone alert, wanting to be better, wanting to improve, young players are having opportunities. He is doing an amazing job.
“I love it. It’s very nice. It’s a great football club to be at.”
Welbeck left the Wembley pitch ahead of last weekend’s painful 7-6 penalty shootout loss to his former club United due to injury.
He admits that bouncing back from that disheartening defeat was difficult.
“It wasn’t easy, but there’s really no time to feel sorry for yourself because that won’t get you anywhere,” he said.
“I think the midweek result against Forest was a bit like a hangover from the cup semi-final, so we had to get up and go again.
“We did it (against Wolves) and it puts us in a good position for the rest of the season.”
Finishing in the top seven and entering the Europa Conference League is Brighton’s minimum goal.
Welbeck, who has plenty of Champions League and Europa League experience from his time at Old Trafford and the Emirates Stadium, doesn’t allow himself to think too far ahead.
“It’s important to set high goals and to get there we have to do our job on the field and we’re looking forward to it, these are exciting times,” he said.
“I really don’t want to talk too much about it until it actually comes. It would be amazing though.”