Gennaro Gattuso on Roberto De Zerbi: “I think he’s currently one of the best Italian managers.”

Speaking ahead of Olympique de Marseille’s UEFA Europa League clash against Brighton & Hove Albion,  Gennaro Gattuso was full of praise for compatriot Roberto De Zerbi. 

The pair have met before during a 2016 Serie C play-off match. Gattuso was Pisa manager at the time, whilst De Zerbi was managing Foggia. The former was hit by a projectile from the crowd, sending him to the ground. De Zerbi didn’t appreciate how long his opposite number spent on the ground, leading to an argument between the pair and a pitch invasion. Both Gattuso and De Zerbi were sent off for the incident. “It was nothing,” said De Zerbi in a pre-match press conference, attended by Get French Football News. He added, “We both have passion. I have great respect for him. We are very close in terms of character, and passion. I think tomorrow will be better than 2016″ 

That respect is mutual. Speaking in a pre-match press conference, transcribed by RMC SportGattuso said that De Zerbi is “one of the best Italian managers.” 

I think that Roberto is one of the best Italian managers at the moment. He knows what he wants; he knew it when he was in the third division and the first division. We both have a strong temperament. We had a little coming together during a promotion match, but that’s football. He is a young manager. I have a lot of respect for him,” said Gattuso. 

Gattuso is making his home debut against the Seagulls on Thursday. He oversaw a Marseille loss against AS Monaco on Saturday at the Stade Louis II, and is therefore looking for his first points as manager of Les Phocéens, having arrived last week. 

GFFN | Luke Entwistle


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