Richarlison Reveals Efforts To Increase Everton Intent

Richarlison says Everton created a succession of openings against Manchester City after directing a substantial training ground effort into unlocking the Blues' attacking potential.

Marco Silva’s side traded chances with the free-scoring Premier League champions at Goodison Park on Saturday and fired eight shots on target – the most City have faced since Pep Guardiola was appointed boss in 2016.

Everton manager Silva’s original plan featured the employment of Theo Walcott’s speed and purposeful running to exploit spaces behind the visitors’ raiding left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko.

That duty fell to Richarlison, however, after Walcott was injured inside 60 seconds and the Brazilian swapped to play on Everton’s right flank.

He was responsible for two of Everton’s 12 goal attempts, flashing a header over from Gylfi Sigurdsson’s free-kick shortly after half-time following a similar effort saved by Ederson six minutes before the break.

Richarlison won half his side’s eight free-kicks and made six tackles, the highest number of any player on the field.

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04:05 Sat 28 Sep 2019


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“We have been working to create and score more and Ederson played well and pulled off great saves from two Yerry Mina headers and some shots from Dominic Calvert-Lewin,” Richarlison told evertontv.

“We wanted to get them on the counter-attack because that is where you hurt Manchester City and we tried to follow the plan Marco Silva had for us.

“When I can’t score goals, I try to help in defence, especially against a team like City who really attack you.

“That is what the manger asked from me, to help Seamus Coleman [after switching to the right].

“I am doing what I can and so is everybody in the team, running and working hard.

“Unfortunately it did not get the result against City but that can change in the next games.”

Richarlison shared Everton’s top-scoring honours with midfielder Sigurdsson last season after hitting 14 goals in all competitions.

He has struck three times this term and added one assist as the 22-year-old grows into the campaign following his summer Copa America winning endeavours with Brazil.

After losing to City on 6 February, Everton embarked on a seven-match unbeaten home run.

They must wait three weeks for their opportunity to respond in similar fashion when West Ham United visit Goodison Park on 19 October.

Meantime, Silva’s side travel to Burnley next weekend seeking to replicate last season’s effort at Turf Moor, where the Blues won 5-1 on Boxing Day.

And Richarlison is urging Everton to draw confidence from the way they went toe-to-toe with City.

Calvert-Lewin scored his fourth goal in thee games, heading home to equalise following right-back Coleman's cool chip over Ederson after Gabriel Jesus had nodded City in front.

Ederson produced a reaction stop to prevent Mina turning the contest on its head when the Colombian rose highest at a Sigurdsson free-kick won by Richarlison driving at City's rearguard.

The visiting keeper was at it again after Riyad Mahrez had restored City's advantage, Ederson denying Calvert-Lewin one-on-one before pawing away another Mina header.

Raheem Sterling completed the scoring with six minutes remaining.

“We played with a lot of belief and put in a good performance but did not get the result,” added Richarlison.

“It was very important we played well, we were up against a great team and managed to match them for a lot of the game.

“Unfortunately we conceded from a dead-ball [Mahrez struck from a free-kick] and it was hard afterwards.

“Dominic is our number 9 and we want to try to help him score, he needs help from all of us.

“That is what we are trying to do, along with returning the confidence to our team.”