Brighton boss De Zerbi defends strikers as Seagulls look to end two-match goalless run

Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi has come out in defence of his forwards ahead of a Premier League clash with Nottingham Forest on Tuesday.

The Seagulls enjoyed a promising start to the season, but have lost their last two matches. To make matters worse, De Zerbi’s side failed to find the net in both defeats against Brentford and Tottneham.

However, the manager insisted that a new striker is not required at the south coast club.

“I am happy about my strikers, I don’t want to speak about how the strikers didn’t score because I think there are 11 players who have to attack, who have to defend,” said De Zerbi.

“We win and we lose with everybody but we are sorry because in three games only one point is not right, it was not fair but we have the possibility to win tomorrow and I don’t want to stay with the head in the last game.

“Tomorrow begins (with) another match and we have to be focused only on the upcoming match.”

De Zerbi also believes his side are capable of picking up a positive result against a Forest team who currently sit rooted to the foot of the Premier League.

Forest have won just one match this season, losing seven of their opening 10 games in total, but the new Brighton boss believes upsets are possible in every game in the English top flight.

“We are able to win against Brentford, against Nottingham, but the history of the Premier League is every game you can lose too,” he said.

“If you make some mistakes, for example, in Brentford we had many chances but we made a mistake and we lost the game.”

Brighton face a difficult schedule before the World Cup break. Following their home clash with Nottingham Forest, De Zerbi’s side will take on defending Premier League champions Manchester City. A week later, they will host a red-hot Chelsea side at the Amex.

The Seagulls will then close out November with games against Wolves and Aston Villa.

Brighton also have the small matter of a third round Carabao Cup clash with Premier League leaders Arsenal to think about.

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