Richarlison shows why he’s one in 200 million for Brazil

“You will go Bomb only here,” Tite laughed. The Brazilian coach had just finished his press duties that evening, the espresso cup in his hand exhausted. “I can’t ask Richarlison?” he said disappointed. The Brazilian athlete was tied to the anti-doping control, waiting for the call of nature.

“I’m trying to pee, it’s hard,” Richarlison said, though he didn’t let the moment go to waste.

“I was able to call Ney and see how he is,” Richarlison revealed. Neymar hid his head in his yellow and green jersey to hide the tears after breaking his right ankle, “cheating” Tite by playing with a pain barrier for another 11 minutes against and Serbia. “I told him to put ice on it,” said Richarlison as if he were a member of the Brazilian medical staff.

Although Tite is confident Neymar will “continue to play at the World Cup”, past injuries at this tournament are the haunting theme of his career and will keep him on his toes.

Richarlison promised to go around his room at the Westin before going to bed. “When I get to the hotel I will go and see how he is doing,” he said. Richarlison may not be able to sleep, the buzz of scoring a goal in a tournament that is unlikely to end a short bus ride from Lusail.

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“I think it was a good goal,” he said. best of my life. It was a tough match so I think it was one of the best of my career.” Scissor kicks are Richarlison’s trademark, after all. And him get one training camp in Turin last week.

“It’s the result of practice,” Fred said in the joint. “It’s not easy to get there and score. It is the result of his training with the whole team.”

Practice makes perfect. At half-time against Serbia, with the score still 0-0, Richarlison gathered his teammates around him and said something had to change. “I told them I needed the ball and it came, I was ready and I was able to score.”

The first was a tap-in after Vanja Milinkovic-Savic spilled Vini Jnr’s shot. The second was something else. Earlier this week, Richarlison’s team-mate Pedro, a contender for the Brazilian starting line-up, said the Tottenham Hotspur forward had essenza do brasileiro – the Brazilian quality. This goal proved that.

On the metro train to the game, there were fans from all over the world going to Lusail to watch Brazil. The idea that they play football should be played with skill and lasting ability, it has a concept.

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The rich Qataris in Brazil shirts wanted to show their children what football is all about. Richarlison’s goal was just that, a reflection of the best of Brazil going back to Pele and Garrincha in 1958.

It started with an outside leg cross from Vinicius Jnr, Richarlison surprised the ball with his left hand, lifted the ball high in the air, placed his hand on the ground and extended his right leg to it, Capoeira style, drew a gun. than the dead Milinkovic-Savic.

Just like his first goal, the entire Brazilian bench came out of the dugout and ran to the corner flag to celebrate with him and the rest of the team.

Even Titus was impressed. He said: “Sometimes feelings are indescribable.” “It’s a feeling.” The 61-year-old, dressed in a cobalt blue suit, wanted to explain “how much work went into that goal.”

He spoke about the physios, who are now working on Neymar, who helped get Richarlison back into shape after the calf injury he suffered against former club Everton in mid-October.

Richarlison was “terrified”, fearing it might ruin his World Cup. Tite was also concerned.

When Gabriel Jesus was sent off in the 2019 Copa America against Peru, which could have jeopardized Brazil’s chances of winning the tournament, Richarlison came on and scored the penalty that killed the game.

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He was the top scorer in the 2020 Olympics when Brazil won the gold medal and Brazil’s top scorer in 2022. “It’s like O’Professor (Tite) said,” Richarlison recalled. all on Thursday night. He is “taken” goals. That’s why he is chosen over the Arsenal form of Jesus.

Looking to explain Serbia’s 2-0 defeat, their coach, the legendary Piksi Stojkovic, said: “We are not Brazil with 200m people (to choose from). We are a small nation.” If Dusan Vlahovic and Filip Kostic are injured and Aleksandar Mitrovic is not fit, that is a problem.

On the other hand, Tite was playing down his options, Qatar and those he left at home like Copa Libertadores winning player Gabriel Barbosa, Roberto Firmino, Matheus Cunha and Hulk. It serves to emphasize the competition that Richarlison has seen to make the No.9 shirt his own.

I am one in 200m. “It’s a child’s dream come true,” Richarlison smiled.

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