Richarlison wants to realise Champions League dream at Everton

Friday, 18 February, 2022 23comments  |  Jump to last

Richarlison says that he wants to repay the affection he has received from Everton fans by leading the club back onto Europe's biggest stage.

The Brazilian forward was talking to TNT Sports about his fondness for Carlo Ancelotti and how he is convinced that the Italian would have guided the Blues to Continental football had he remained at Goodison Park.

Ancelotti left for Real Madrid at the start of June last year throwing Everton's plans for 2021-22 into disarray and given Richarlison's ambitions, there are fears that he could follow his former manager to Europe, particularly given the club's spending restrictions and reported interest in the player last year from Paris Saint-Germain.

Richarlison stresses, however, that he wants to stay which will be music to Evertonian ears as he approaches the last two years of his contract, the time when new deals are usually tabled.

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“Look, we got a coach who fit in the team, which was Ancelotti. Unfortunately he had to leave. He went to Real Madrid,” he said.

“He was a guy who arrived here, he managed to fix the team. He brought in James Rodriguez too, who helped a lot. And we almost got there. We were, if I'm not mistaken, 3 or 4 points from the Europa League. That was one of our goals.

“And for sure, if he stayed for this season, he'd ask for signings, we would reach the Champions or the Europa League. Unfortunately he didn't stay, he had to follow his path there to Real Madrid. Like it or not, it was a very good proposition for him. So, we keep working.

“I want to play Champions League with Everton and not move to another club. I want to repay the affection they have for me and also help on the field and continue to become an idol here at the club. I want to make history here.”


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Andrew Brookfield
1 Posted 19/02/2022 at 07:08:57
Whack a new Contract in front of him and see how much he means it.

I'd be absolutely delighted if he stayed and he is one of the few players in the squad we should really be breaking the bank to keep.

Paul Hewitt
2 Posted 19/02/2022 at 07:45:42
Everton in the Champions League. Never gonna happen I'm afraid.
Paul Hewitt
4 Posted 19/02/2022 at 09:55:46
Don @3. Winning the FA Cup only gets you into the Europa League.
Alan J Thompson
5 Posted 19/02/2022 at 09:56:59
And still no word of the project. Does BMD mean that little?
James Marshall
6 Posted 19/02/2022 at 10:13:56
No chance. Not in his career lifetime with us anyway.

There's only so much room at the top table, and all the chairs are well & truly taken.

We're sat in the cheap seats near the back peering over people's shoulders.

Larry O'Hara
7 Posted 19/02/2022 at 10:31:57
Not surprised but very disappointed by sneering negative comments here. I love Richarlison and his attitude: he's a winner and we should applaud his loyal ambition, not pour scorn on it.

Hopefully we now have winners on the coaching staff to help him realise our joint ambitions. And I liked also his honesty in saying he doesn't want Liverpool to win the Champions League.

Steve Griffiths
8 Posted 19/02/2022 at 10:52:37
On his day a top, top player. Still a little inconsistent but still not reached his prime years. I would love to see him reach those years in an Everton shirt and realise those dreams he has mentioned.

As others have said, get that new contract sorted now and build the team around him. Watched the recent training video put out by the club – mentioned to my lad just how young the nucleus of this squad is. I believe the new management team has the potential to take these lads a long way and with the addition of a couple of quality signings here and there (centre-half and central midfielder) who knows. Onwards & upwards COYB.

Paul Hewitt
9 Posted 19/02/2022 at 11:04:25
Larry @7.

What sneering negative comments?

All I see is supporters have a different opinion. Sorry, I forgot... we're on TW– you're not allowed, are you?

Shane Corcoran
10 Posted 19/02/2022 at 12:35:46
After City and Liverpool I don’t see any nailed on certs for the CL.

I reckon Tuchel will have go where others have gone at Chelsea and there’ll be another period of “rebuilding” and I genuinely don’t know who is supposed to be next in the pecking order for the final spot.

Jay Wood

12 Posted 19/02/2022 at 12:55:26
It's unfortunate the 40 minute interview is in Portuguese with no English sub-titles because it's very in-depth.

Richarlison Interview

For me both his intensity and love for the game, but also his humility, shine through.

On the managers he has played under at Everton there is no mention of Silva, which is interesting given he played for him at Watford and for us.

He is clearly very enamoured of Ancelotti. He believes the Italian WOULD have got Everton European football, but understands you don't turn down Real Madrid.

When asked if Carlo called to take him to Real, Richy cleverly swerves the question with a little laugh, saying they still exchange messages and that he improved him a lot as a player. In a fun question and answer at the end, Richy is asked who would be the highest paid in his team. He didn't choose a player. He chose Ancelotti.

On Benitez he says at the start of the season with everyone fit the team did well, but that he was unlucky with so many key injuries. He also said it simply didn't work out.

On Lampard (and this was recorded after the Newcastle game and before the Leeds game) he says he has quickly got the team playing in the best way - pressing possession football, going forward. He knows Frank as an English idol and Richy himself played Lampard along with Ballack and Dogba in his FIFA team as a kid.

He expresses the ambition to qualify for Europe with Everton. Although via the league this season is difficult, why not next season with new players under Frank Lampard?

He speaks fondly of the affection he has for Everton fans and that they have for him. That BMD will be a big move for the club.

When asked about which English club he would like to win the CL, he doesn't offer any of them, but categorically states 'NOT LIVERPOOL!!!'

Of course he is asked about the Brazil national team in World Cup year and winning the Olympics last year.

On the number of games he played in 2021, the interviewer asking there surely must be a limit to the number of games we ask top players to play, Richy disagrees. His answer for me showed his love and desire for playing. He wants to play every minute of every game he can.

He gave the example of Brazil's opening game in the Olympics v Germany when he scored a remarkable first half hat-trick. Brazil won 4-0 and quite reasonably the Brazil coach subbed him out in the 2nd half. He was pissed at the coach asking him why he took him out. Subsequently, he played every minute of all their remaining games, even though he himself admitted he was exhausted in some of them.

In this I would say he needs to be protected from himself. You see many a time his sour face when subbed out. As I've always said, it's because he wants to play. Remember the away game v Palace when he was subbed because he was injured and went on to miss the next few games?

It hurt him to miss out on the last two selections for Brazil's World Cup campaign due to injury and he doesn't delude himself. He is concerned for his place, all the more so in World Cup year.
He recognizes Raphinha and Antony played well in his place in his absence.

'In Brazil there are always players challenging to take your place.'

Interestingly, he mentions that recently a couple of Brazil's coaching staff observed him in training at Finch Farm for a couple of days to see how he was. We can be the beneficiaries of his determination to get back into the Brazil squad.

His default image on his cell phone is a photo of the World Cup, so that is evidently a big motivation for him.

In a dream scenario, he would prefer to play Germany in the final and avenge the 7-1 humiliation, rather than play regional rivals Argentina.

There is mention of him being an embassador for the Covid vaccination program in Brazil. He says if he can convince just one person to vaccinate, he will consider it a great victory.

He speaks of losing his first coach to Covid and doesn't take issue with players who don't vaccinate, saying it is for each individual to make the decision for themselves, but with responsibility. That they need to then protect their loved ones and others.

Finally, some of the fun Q&As. A cruel one to start with!

Who wouldn't you change faces with?! Apologies to Gabriel Jesus.

Who would you choose to play your entire life with? Neymar.

Who would be your model if your had your own clothes brand? Our very own Allan, who apparently has learnt a lot of style from his days in Italy.

Who would lead the singing in the changing rooms? Dani Alves. No surprise here. I believe he has his own recording company in Brazil.

Who would you choose to do the Pigeon Dance with? Again, an Everton player. Yerry Mina. Always smiling. Always playful. Good mover!

Who would you pass the ball to in the final minute of a game to score the winning goal? James Rodriguez.

He is an extremely likable fellah is Richy.

Robert Tressell
13 Posted 19/02/2022 at 12:57:03
Ideally we'd keep him but the emergence of Gray and Gordon has made him a bit more dispensable. Maybe even Dobbin.

His sale might enable us to buy the holding midfielder and centre back we still need.

Always a trade off unfortunately, but ultimately it comes down to what offers we get in for him and whether he will sign a contract extension.

Rob Dolby
14 Posted 19/02/2022 at 13:21:35
Jay thanks for the translation.
I must admit he is my current fav Everton player on and off the pitch.

Brazilian number 9s don't arrive too often at Goodison, we should all enjoy his performances whilst he is here.

Respecting Ancelotti and Rodriguez is no surprise both world class.

Jim Lloyd
15 Posted 19/02/2022 at 13:22:04
Never's a long time! I can vaguely remember Everton looking a dismal side until, I think it was Inchy scoring against Coventry. Anyway, from that game on we became the best team in Europe. An if it wasn't for the Red shite, we'd have had a great chance of winning the European Cup.
So change can come quite quickly. I think that this summer's transfer business is absolutely massive.
We;re not that short from being a side able to get in the top six. as for the top four maybe not next season; but challenging for the top four the seaason after I think we can.
Jay Wood

16 Posted 19/02/2022 at 13:43:29
Rob, mentioning Brazil number 9 jogged my memory of something else he said.

He would like to make the Brazil number 9 shirt his own and considers it his best position, rather than playing second striker wide as many consider where he is most effective. Including me!

Larry O'Hara
17 Posted 19/02/2022 at 13:54:45
In response to Paul (9) variously “we’re sat in the cheap seats”, “never gonna happen”. If those statements aren’t negative and sneering I’d love to see what is.

I reiterate: I love Richarlissons attitude and commitment. And he “gets us” too. Good enough for me

Mike Hayes
18 Posted 19/02/2022 at 18:24:18
Alan - wait until the shit hits the fan (not us) and they'll wheel that one out in their game of “Smoke and Mirrors”.
Mike Hayes
19 Posted 19/02/2022 at 18:29:44
If today was anything to go by, he'll be joining the rest in the Championship league not the Champions League... 🤷😡
Bobby Mallon
20 Posted 19/02/2022 at 20:27:02
Richarlison, I think you're brilliant but you defo need to realise your dream away from this fragile team. Be diligent and move.
Paul Hewitt
21 Posted 19/02/2022 at 23:15:19
Larry @17.

Any more performances like today and it's the Championship – not the Champions League – that Richarlison will be playing in.

Phil Regan
22 Posted 20/02/2022 at 13:46:51
Sounds like he cares and wants the club to match his ambitions. Ultimately, if we go down, he's gone regardless. Words unfortunately won't do us any good in our situation.
Ian Riley
23 Posted 20/02/2022 at 14:09:17
Champions League! Is the Premier League table upside down at the training ground?

I actually think they think we are too good to go down. Not what I am watching. Don't worry; you'll move on if Championship football comes.

Take the money and run.

Frank Crewe
24 Posted 21/02/2022 at 13:29:01
On current form, that seems unlikely but, if he is still playing for us when he reaches his 60s, you never know.
Lee Courtliff
25 Posted 25/02/2022 at 19:43:32
If he'd given an interview saying he wants to leave for a Champions League team, then he's dead and buried on here. Instead, he says he wants to play Champions League football for us and people take the piss out of him!!

We constantly criticise our club and players for lacking fight and ambition and being quite happy at the "Comfy Club", so maybe we should support one of our lads when he publicly declares just how ambitious he actually is.

If Leicester can finish 5th two seasons running and win the FA Cup, then there's no reason we can't do something similar or maybe even better. It's not easy, it looks a long way off at the moment, but it's certainly not impossible.

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