Silva Key To Richarlison's Progress, Says Brazil Boss

by Peter Lennox
@Everton

Brazil boss Tite hailed the influence “great coach” Marco Silva has had on Richarlison’s career, while highlighting the 21-year-old’s mental strength as a key factor behind his impressive progress.

Richarlison scored his third international goal in just his sixth Brazil appearance on Tuesday night – netting a fine winner as the five-time world champions edged out Cameroon 1-0 in Milton Keynes.

The Everton man showcased devastating movement to escape his marker before arching his neck and thumping home a header from Willian’s corner delivery just before half-time.

The goal means Richarlison has now struck nine times in 17 matches for Club and country this season.

Tite revealed he has been aware of the explosive forward’s precocious ability for many years but believes the positive impact Everton manager Silva has had on his performances cannot be underestimated.

Silva first brought Richarlison to England when he was Watford boss before reuniting with the forward on Merseyside in the summer.

“There are many great coaches in the Premier League and Marco Silva is an important figure for Richarlison,” he told evertonfc.com.

“Richarlison grew up really fast in Brazil and has developed very quickly.

“We could see he had potential since he was a boy. I talked with Carlos Amadeu, who was his coach in the Under-20 Brazil national team, and he told me that Richarlison is strong in his mind - very mentally strong.

“This is something he has shown playing for America Mineiro, Fluminense and Watford.

“And in England they can get great players from Brazil and that is why Everton got Richarlison. He is a really great player.”


Richarlison had yet to win a senior Brazil cap when he arrived at Goodison Park from Watford this summer.

His blistering start to his Everton career saw him handed a first call-up in August, however, and he marked his first start for Selecao by hitting a brace in a 5-0 victory over El Salvador in Washington DC.

The 21-year-old has remained in the squad ever since and Brazil assistant boss Cleber Xavier believes he can become an important player for the national side.

And in Everton boss Silva, Xavier is convinced Richarlison has the ideal manager to help him realise his vast potential.

He revealed the Brazil camp maintains regular contact with the Blues manager and insists the strong relationship between Club and country will only benefit Richarlison.

“Marco Silva is really important in his career, he brought him to Watford then Everton,” said Xavier.

“That is something which is really good for us. We exchange information between the Club and the national team.

“He played as a winger for Watford and initially Everton, and for Brazil we were using him as a centre-forward - the position he has been playing for Everton recently, too.

“This is really positive and Marco Silva is one of the most important guys in developing his career.”

Xavier believes competing in the intense environment of the Premier League will also accelerate Richarlison's progress.

He insists playing for a high-quality side with an ambitious manager - and against some of the best players in the world  - will help the forward continue to improve.

“Two of the best coaches in the world are in the Premier League, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho,” he said. “And others who are growing in their careers like Marco Silva.

“Before we came with the national team [for the games against Uruguay and Cameroon], me and the other assistant coach went to Everton against Chelsea and it was a really great match.

“That is why the Premier League is so big and so important for us. Because of the high level of competition.”

Brazil boss Tite echoed his assistant's views.

"The Premier League has the most high level clubs and they are almost the same," he said.

"You have six, seven, eight clubs at the top level: United, City, Liverpool, Everton, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal.

"And they are all at the highest level you can imagine. All of them has a great structure and great facilities."


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