Richarlison’s tears after being subbed off in Watford’s match against Chelsea got quite big coverage in Brazil, especially because most people didn’t understand the reason for it.
Right after the game, the player explained himself in an interview with ESPN Brasil, saying he was frustrated for not helping the team the way he wanted to: “It was a moment of letting go really. I didn’t want to leave, I wanted to play. Because I work hard during the week. It was a moment of outburst. I wanted to be there helping my teammates. But who came in did a good job, and I was happy that my teammates were scoring too.”
Now Globo Esporte have managed to get an interview with him, and this time, the striker revealed that the game against Chelsea had a special feeling for him as he’s still to score against the top sides: “I’m missing a goal against the big clubs. I already made assists, I got victories, but I couldn’t score a goal yet. When I saw the substitution board, I was very sad. I was feeling like I was going to score a goal. Like it or not, it’s against Chelsea, a team that plays in the Champions League, which is always fighting for the title. We want to show our work.”
But it’s not all about bad feelings for Richarlison. The player acknowledges that these first months at Watford have been pretty good for him, and even put him closer to the national team: “I lived great emotions in those six months. Many did not believe that I would adapt to English football. I ended up coming, scoring goals, making assists, best player on the pitch. That even caught Tite’s attention. I even heard from his mouth that they were watching me.”
Still about the national team, Richarlison is hopeful of getting a call up for the World Cup, even though there are just a few months left before the tournament: “I still feel it. I have hope. If Tite said it’s open it’s because he wants to see more players. So I’m going to continue giving my all here so that when I get to the Seleção I can do my best.”