Injuries are starting to build-up for De Zerbi as Solly March and Danny Welbeck are the latest to add to the walking wounded ahead of a hectic fixture schedule.
“I think we can lose Solly March for a long time and Welbeck, I don't know, it's a muscular problem,” De Zerbi said. "We are losing too many players. I think we are not ready to compete in this competition, and we are adapting."
Brighton have a history of selling their top talents in recent seasons. It’s certainly a model that has helped them progress financially and enabled them compete in the Premier League – but this season in-particular it seems to have slowed down the team-building process as they juggle the Premier League with the Europa League.
Here we take a look at Albion’s brilliant starting XI IF they had not sold their top talents in recent seasons...