As De Zerbi's Brighton took on Roma, old friends reconnected for De Rossi.  

On Thursday, Daniele De Rossi's resurgent Roma will confront their biggest night yet   

when his pal Roberto De Zerbi returns to Italy with Brighton and Hove Albion for an interesting Europa League last-16 game  

De Rossi has turned his boyhood club's season around in less than two months since taking over from Jose Mourinho  

beating old rivals Feyenoord in the play-offs and achieving a Serie A surge.  

The former Roma captain will face De Zerbi, one of his closest football pals and a huge impact on his coaching approach.  

Daughters of the 40-year-old and De Zerbi have become friends, gathering in London to watch Roma matches.  

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