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Leandro Trossard confident Brighton can still shine after Graham Potter’s exit

Leandro Trossard, right, says Brighton can flourish under new boss Roberto De Zerbi following the loss of Graham Potter to Chelsea (John Walton/PA)
Leandro Trossard, right, says Brighton can flourish under new boss Roberto De Zerbi following the loss of Graham Potter to Chelsea (John Walton/PA)

Leandro Trossard insists Graham Potter’s departure to Chelsea will not derail Brighton’s season.

Brighton have appointed Roberto De Zerbi to replace Potter, who spent three years with the Seagulls before succeeding Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge earlier this month.

De Zerbi has had coaching success at Sassuolo in his native Italy and at Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine.

Chelsea Training and Press Conference – Tuesday September 13th
Brighton lost head coach Graham Potter to Chelsea earlier this month (Steven Paston/PA)

“It all happened quite quickly,” said Trossard, who has been on international duty with Belgium this week and has yet to meet the new Brighton boss.

“One day we heard Tuchel was fired and that Graham was up there to take his place.

“For us it was a bit of a shock, but we knew that maybe one day he could go because he is a brilliant manager.

“At the beginning it was a bit strange, but now with the new coach we need to move on as a club and as players. I am excited to work with the new coach.”

The 27-year-old winger has been a success since joining Brighton from Genk in 2019, scoring 20 goals across 106 Premier League appearances.

Asked if fourth-placed Brighton can still have a good season without Potter, Trossard said: “Yes, of course.

“It doesn’t mean if the coach departs that the team will play not as good.

“It is just maybe different things with the new manager, but that is up to him to get us going as well.”

Trossard was a second-half substitute as Belgium beat Wales 2-1 in Brussels on Thursday to keep alive hopes of topping their Nations League group.

Belgium finished third at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and many of those players – including Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Thibaut Courtois – remain key figures in Roberto Martinez’s squad for Qatar 2022.

Trossard said: “It is a bit strange it is in winter time, but I am excited to be part of it and can go to my first World Cup.

“I think there are so many countries at the moment who have the chance to win it.

Belgium v Wales – UEFA Nations League – Group D – King Baudouin Stadium
Leandro Trossard, centre, helped Belgium to a 2-1 Nations League victory over Wales in Brussels (Tim Goode/PA)

“It is hard to pick a country and maybe we are on the outside, I would say.

“If you look at Brazil, France, England, Germany – you never know in a tournament. It’s all about the moment.

“The team in that moment who is in their best form will win the World Cup.

“Hopefully everybody is fit and in great shape and form to show themselves.”