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Richarlison has Brazil dancing to his tune

“We now have six more games to go,” stated Richarlison. When it involves the World Cup, Brazil don’t set modest targets.

For us, a journalist from Globo Sport had stated in 2014 after Brazil have been despatched dwelling a 1-7 defeat to Germany, a World Cup closing is all the time the minimal goal. Eight years and two editions later with Brazil not getting that far in both, Richarlison confirmed little had modified.

The scorer of each objectives in Brazil’s 2-0 win was requested by HT to speak the media via the second, the acrobatic side-volley after lofting Vinicius Jr’s move made with the outstep of his boot. In the bowels of the Lusail Stadium the place the best perch within the media tribune is the equal of being on the seventh flooring of the constructing, Richarlison broke right into a smile earlier than saying: “I think it was a beautiful goal.”

“I have scored such goals at Fluminense and Everton. Today’s effort was acrobatic and easily the nicest one I gave scored for my country.” After a pause, he amended that to being “one of the best goals of my career.”

It was a purpose that had the usually reserved Tite go away his seat and have a good time with the employees. “Some feeling can’t be explained,” stated the pinnacle coach with a broad smile. “It is teamwork. People don’t know how much goes on behind the scenes, how much the physios work to ensure that athletes give (of) their best. I wanted to share the happiness.”

How deeply Tite feels that is in regards to the collective was evident when he corrected a questioner saying, “we not I. Tite has a limited role in this.”

The dialog quickly veered to Brazil coming right here with quite a few gamers who may be No. 9, one thing they didn’t have shortly resulting in a number of load on Neymar Jr. “We have six or seven players who can do that now and we couldn’t bring all of them. Richarlison was fantastic but we have left other equally good players back home,” stated Tite.

Richarlison is amongst seven forwards right here with the Brazil workforce who’re making their World Cup debut. This is Neymar Jr’s third World Cup and Gabriel Jesus was in Russia 4 years in the past.

By the time Richarlison was addressing the media early on Friday morning, Tite had left however not earlier than telling the media supervisor, “you are going to leave him (Richarlison) alone to face the media? And you are not going to let me hug him in front of all these people?”

On being a No.9, Richarlison stated: “As the Professor (Tite) says, I can smell goals. That is what happens. I knew if I got the ball I would send it to the back of the net. The ball came and I could get it to touch the net. It was beautiful.”

In seven video games for Brazil this yr, Richarlison has scored 9 objectives.

The presence of a number of No. 9s has helped Neymar Jr play with better freedom.

“Brazil was very predictable for a while due to its dependency on Neymar,” Zico stated in September.

“Now he is just the icing on the cake, the guy who will deliver something extra. Brazil has other players up front. A lot of players,” stated the good attacking midfielder of yesteryear who was additionally FC Goa’s coach within the Indian Super League.

Having been within the “Arab world”, Tite stated he knew it was necessary to make sure there was no drop in bodily depth within the second half. And Brazil achieved that by repositioning Lucas Paqueta and shifting him up the park, he stated. “That variation had an impact.” It was additionally necessary to make sure that the gamers had “light foot” on the break, get them to relax, he stated. “So that they could pass the ball.”

The drop in depth was one thing that shocked Serbia coach Dragan Stojkovic. “We collapsed in the second half and I want to know why. I had spoken to the players a couple of days ago and they had assured me that they were okay physically. Obviously, that was not the case,” stated the previous Yugoslavia midfielder and probably the greatest gamers of his era.


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