De Zerbi: ‘I am leaving Sassuolo’

by | May 16, 2021 19:21

Sassuolo coach Roberto De Zerbi confirms he has already told ‘the club and players that I have decided to leave,’ with reports of a Shakhtar Donetsk deal.

There are multiple reports De Zerbi will be leaving Sassuolo for a new adventure in charge of Shakhtar Donetsk and he did not deny it when the reporters spoke to him about his final day before going to Ukraine.

Sassuolo coach Roberto De Zerbi confirms he has already told ‘the club and players that I have decided to leave,’ with reports of a Shakhtar Donetsk deal.

There are multiple reports De Zerbi will be leaving Sassuolo for a new adventure in charge of Shakhtar Donetsk and he did not deny it when the reporters spoke to him about his final day before going to Ukraine.

“Before last week’s game with Genoa, I spoke to the club and the players. I told them I have decided to leave. It’s a decision that really troubled me, I am not happy about it, but I am doing this because I don’t think I can give anything else to this team,” De Zerbi told Sky Sport Italia.

“I feel that I’ve reached the maximum with them after three years. I hope another coach can come in and do even better. I realise that I am something of a strain on the players.

“I will always be grateful to the club, but I am a professional and it’s time to try a different experience. We’ve reached the apex of what we can do here, we are challenging for seventh place and I don’t know what more I can give.

“It’s genuinely sad, because I only started to consider other offers when I came to this conclusion about Sassuolo, because I would never put them in competition with the others.”

The Neroverdi maintain their push to catch Roma in seventh place and secure a spot in Europe thanks to this 3-1 win over Parma at the Stadio Tardini, their fourth consecutive away victory.

“It was a great performance against a team that has already shown in previous games that it is alive and kicking.

“We still believe in seventh place, so if Roma were to draw and we beat Lazio, we’d be level and it’d go down to goal difference. I broke all negative records with Palermo and Benevento, so I know what it’s like to be relegated, but we wanted to win with as many goals as possible today because we need that for our target.”

Teenage striker Giacomo Raspadori earned a penalty, but went off injured in the second half.

“He had a slight muscular problem in the same spot where he felt pain after the Milan game. We’ll see what the medical staff say tomorrow. The good news is that Caputo is improving rapidly and all the others are available too.”

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