Richarlison bluntly defended Neymar this Monday, criticized for putting six stars on the Brazilian shield before the debut in the World Cup in Qatar: “They are arrogant, we are simple dreamers. We have been dreaming of that little star for a long time.”
The German newspaper Bild considered an image of the Paris Saint Germain star on Instagram “an attack of arrogance” published on Saturday during the trip of the five-time champions from the Italian city of Turinwhere they trained for five days, to Doha.
In the photo, the ’10’ added a sixth star to the ‘Seleção’ shield on his shorts using the social network’s design tool.
“Neymar published that because it is his dream, we know of his desire to win, and he can publish what he wants. If Neymar is happy here, we are too, that’s the most important thing,” Richarlison said. who called the author of the note an “idiot”.
At 30 years old, ‘Ney’ is the main card for Brazil to win its sixth world title, after those raised in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002.
In a press conference at the end of the second training session for the South Americans in the Qatari capital, the Tottenham striker from England expressed his enthusiasm for Brazil to lift the trophy.
“We went through difficult times, but we got through them. It hurt a lot to lose the 2014 and 2018 World Cups, but now our chance has come. We have a very good team, we are going to fight for the title, ”he assured.
More than 10 years without world title
Richarlison, 25, will be the ‘9′ of the ‘scratch’, a shirt worn by Brazilian football legends like Ronaldo and Romariobut it has done little on the back of the attackers who used it in past World Cups (Luis Fabiano, Fred and Gabriel Jesus).
“My dream was always to wear that number and the time has come. Tite trusts me and I thank him for that confidence in giving me the 9 shirt, he knows that I score many goals, ”he added.
The ‘Pombo’ (pigeon) was the second highest striker in Brazil in the South American qualifiers with six goals, two less than Neymar.
And in the last four friendlies for the South Americans (victories against Japan, South Korea, Ghana and Tunisia) he scored four goals.
“I let the goals come naturally, without pressure. I have Neymar, Vini, (Lucas) Paquetá, I’m sure the ball will reach me and I’ll be ready to hole it, ”he said.
Brazil will debut on Thursday against the Serbia of strikers Aleksandar Mitrovic and Dusan Vlahovic. Group G is completed by Switzerland and Cameroon.
“We carry the pressure (of wanting to lift the cup), like all Brazilians. Since 2006 everyone wants Brazil to conquer the ‘hexa’”, said Raphinha, a Barcelona winger from Spain.
“To reach the final we have to go game by game. Now we have to be with Serbia in the lead and try to play the best possible game to gain confidence for the rest of the cup”, he pointed out.
Group stage – Qatar 2022
Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal and the Netherlands.
B Group: England, Iran, United States, Wales.
Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland.
Group D: France, Australia, Denmark and Tunisia.
Group E: Spain, Costa Rica, Germany and Japan.
Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco and Croatia.
Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon.
Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea.
*With information from AFP.