Currently in eighth place on the Premier League table, Watford are having a great start to the season under manager Marco Silva, and now prepare for an important game against Arsenal, in which a win could put them in front of the Gunners.
The Hornet’s good campaign has a lot to do with the help of two Brazilians, Heurelho Gomes and new signing Richarlison, who have been crucial at opposite ends of the pitch.
ESPN Brasil managed an interview with the goalkeeper to talk about the club’s form, and Gomes gives some of the credit to the arrival of the Portuguese manager.
“Of course over the years, the expectation is for the team to improve each year,” Gomes told ESPN. “But the Premier League is very complicated and we didn’t expect to start so well. Although the coach who arrived has already given an idea to us that this year would be different.”
On the arrival of Richarlison, Gomes said: “I think it was important too. He comes to a smaller club, a club where he would come to play. Of course with the support of all. He’s feeling at home. We try to make him feel at home every day.
“Both I and the group received him very well, even by his way of being. I think he has the style of English football, he’s strong, fast. English football often needs this.”
Gomes was in the opponent’s box when Richarlison managed to scored a late equaliser against West Brom last month. Asked if the striker stole his goal, the goalkeeper laughed and said: “Damn, I was just behind there to score. But importantly he did it. I joked with him a lot afterwards.”
Reporter João Castelo Branco also mentioned that Gomes is tied with Robert Green as the goalkeeper to have saved most penalties in the Premier League, and asked him if he’s expecting to get the record alone: “Of course it’s a mark that can go down in history. I’m not going to lie and say I don’t think about it.
“But I’m not focused on it, I do not want us to ever concede a penalty just so I can try to save it. Of course it will be good for history. But history is in history. The important thing is the moment. I do not focus on that, but of course it’s a very beautiful mark.”