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“Everyone saw the lack of Neymar,” says Richarlison

In this Friday’s match (02), Brazil finished 21 times in the final, but only had seven shots on target.

Striker Richarlison, who did not start in the 1-0 defeat to Cameroon this Friday (2), says he is rooting for Neymar’s return in the round of 16. The main player of the team continues to recover from the right ankle injury and the possibility of his return is small.

“He [Neymar] trained today, progressing well [na recuperação]🇧🇷 I hope he comes back, everyone saw how much he was missed in these last few games. With him back, my role in the frontline improves, the whole team improves.”

According to defender Thiago Silva, Neymar should have a stronger test this Saturday (3). “It looks like there will be field tests tomorrow, I don’t know if he will wear shoes. I think the pain he’s going to have is part of it, I’ve had this type of injury before. But if everything goes as planned, hopefully he will be ready, but that’s up to Tite and the doctor.”

In this Friday’s game, Brazil finished 21 times, but only had seven shots on target. The team created opportunities for Richarlison, but it is difficult to break through the opponents’ blockade. “We practice a lot on the finish, when the balls arrived I was able to send them into the goal. The finals also come from afar, because the opposing teams play very closely,” said the striker.

In the first half, the Brazilian team also found more difficulties. In the first two games, he scored only in the second half. “Teams that play close end up getting tired in the second half and that makes it easy for us,” Richarlison said.

In the 1/8 finals, Brazil will meet South Korea, the main player of which is Richarlison’s teammate in “Tottenham”, striker Son. “I know Son well, I know his qualities. But Korea is a strong team, we will try to neutralize their strengths.”


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