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Italian talks about the chances of being the next Real Madrid Manager

Real Madrid will be on the lookout for the next permanent manager this summer and one Serie A coach has thrown his name into the hat.

With the Real Madrid job still up for grabs, Sassuolo manager, Roberto De Zerbi has spoken about him being the successor to the throne at the Bernabeu. There are other rumours linking the Italian to the Barcelona job as well. In an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, he spoke about a few things including the next step in his managerial career.

The Interview

On his next job

“I could be in any world: Sassuolo, Juventus or Real Madrid. It will be done in my own way and I know how to stay within the rules. I am not an anarchist, but I determine the rules.”

On managing Sassuolo

“I am feeling well here. I’m doing my job in the way I want it. I never have time to rest, football is all that I love and it comes before anything else. I’ve never wanted a good career or money. I also work on the defensive part. On my way. When we played Inter they had no shots on target”.

Real Madrid

On Guardiola’s comments

“Guardiola? I thank him for the compliments, I always feel like I could be sacked in two weeks and I don’t feel I have done anything yet”. (Pep Guardiola had praised De Zerbi’s Sassuolo.“When I see Sassuolo, it gives me the idea of a very proactive football,” he said.)

On Allegri and Juventus

“I really like Allegri. I respect him. He knows how to manage players and he knows how to improve them. Look at Cancelo. He is not the same that was at Inter.”

Author’s Take

Sassulo‘s head coach Roberto De Zerbi has been thrust under the spotlights once again due to his tactical approach. A former playing journeyman De Zerbi made a name for himself in the coaching circle since he took the job at Foggia in 2014. The Italian favours an adventurous, possession-oriented and offensive style of play, quite similar to the Barcelona philosophy. That said, although counter-pressing is part of De Zerbi’s defending philosophy, Sassuolo isn’t a great side defending, so far. In fact, they allowed a good number of goals and looked vulnerable in transition.

However, De Zerbi knows how he wants to play, and he has been able to install his philosophy so quickly at Sassuolo. Time will tell us if De Zerbi will lead a tactical revolution in Italy or if Sassuolo will remain an isolated case in a usually defending Serie A league.

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