“You will go Pombo Only here,” Tite laughed. The Brazilian coach finished his media duties in the evening, the cup of espresso in his hand spilled. “Can’t I hug Richarlison?” He said despairingly. Brazil’s match winner was waiting for nature’s call after being arrested by anti-doping controls.
“I’m trying to pee, it’s hard,” Richarlison said, though he wasn’t letting time go to waste.
“I called Ney to see how he’s doing,” Richarlison said. Neymar buried himself in his yellow and green shirt to hide his tears after spraining his right ankle and was seen playing on painkillers for the extra 11 minutes of the TT against Serbia. “I told him to put ice on it,” Richarlison said, pretending to be a member of Brazil’s medical staff.
TT Neymar is confident he will “continue to play at the World Cup” but injuries from the tournament have been major issues in his career and will keep him at bay.
Richarlison vows to rock out in his room at the Westin before bed. “When I get to the hotel, I’ll go see how he is,” he said. Richarlison doesn’t sleep, he doesn’t fade away on the short bus ride to Luzail after scoring the goal of the tournament.
“I think it was a nice goal,” he said. “I scored goals like this for Fluminense and Everton. Today I had the chance to score an acrobatic goal, probably one of the best goals of my life. It was a tough match so I think it was one of the best things in my life. Scissor kicks are Richarlison’s trademark, after all. Even he He scored one. Last week at the training camp in Turin.
“It’s the result of practice,” Fred says in the mix zone. “It’s not easy to get there and score. It’s the result of the training and the whole team.”
Practice makes perfect. With the score still 0-0 against Serbia at half-time, Richarlison must rally his team-mates around him and change something. “I told them I needed the ball and it arrived, I was ready and I was able to score.”
The first was a tap-in after Vanja Milinkovic-Savic spilled Vinnie Jr’s shot. The second was something else. Earlier this week, Richarlison’s team-mate Pedro said the Tottenham Hotspur striker, who is competing for Brazil’s starting striker role, has the Brazilian’s essence do brasileiro. This goal is confirmed.
There were fans from all over the world heading to Luzail to watch Brazil on the Metro to the game. The idea that they play football as it should be played with skill and skill is a stretch of the imagination.
Rich Qataris in Brazil shirts want to show their kids what football is all about. Richarlison’s goal was precisely that, the epitome of a Brazilian ideal that dates back to Pele and Garrincha in 1958.
It started off Vinicius Junior’s cross, Richarlison impressed with his left, lifted the ball into the air, put his hand on the ground and spun his right foot, Capoeira style, to hook a shot past Bereft Milinkovic-Savic.
Like the first goal, the entire Brazilian bench jumped out of the dugout and ran to the corner flag to celebrate with him and the rest of the team.
Even Tite was taken. “Sometimes feelings cannot be expressed,” he said. “It’s feelings.” Dressed in cobalt blue, the 61-year-old wanted to express “how much work went into this goal”.
Richarlison spoke about the physios he is now working on with Neymar, who helped him get back into shape following the calf injury he suffered against his former club Everton in mid-October.
Richarlison panicked, fearing it could derail his World Cup. Tite was also concerned.
In the 2019 Copa America final against Peru, Brazil’s chances of winning the tournament were threatened when Gabriel Jesus was sent off, Richarlison came on and Cooley scored the game-killing penalty.
In the year He was Brazil’s top scorer in the 2020 Olympics when Brazil won their gold medal and in 2022. “He just said, ‘Oh, Professor[Titt],'” Richarlison recalled Thursday night. He “smells” goals. This is why it is preferred over Arsenal Information Jesus.
Their famous coach Pixi Stojkovic wanted to explain Serbia’s 2-0 defeat: “We are not Brazil with 200m people (to be selected). We are a small nation. It’s a problem if Dusan Vlahovic and Filip Kostic are injured and Aleksandar Mitrovic is completely unfit.
Tite, on the other hand, was turning away options like Copa Libertadores-winning striker Gabriel Barbosa, Roberto Firmino, Mathews Cunha and Hulk, who he let go in Qatar and at home. Richarlison will be used to underline his race to make the number 9 jersey his own.
It is one in 200m. “It’s a kid’s dream come true,” Richarlison smiles.
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