Richarlison On Factor Giving Everton 'Competitive Edge'

Richarlison insists Everton have everything in place for a prosperous future – and Carlo Ancelotti boasts the insight and knowhow to oversee the Club’s evolution from contenders into trophy winners.

Everton are engaged in a fight for European football next season and on Monday resume their Premier League campaign with a visit from Crystal Palace.

Brazilian Richarlison delivered a series of match-winning displays to inspire a charge up to fifth in the standings following victory at West Bromwich Albion last month.

Successive defeats before the March international break, however, leave Everton with “no room for manoeuvre” in their closing 10 matches, according to Richarlison.

The 23-year-old forward maintains Champions League qualification remains within reach.

And, claims Richarlison, the leadership of Ancelotti gives Everton a “competitive edge” in pursuit of success.

“With him joining the Club, everything changed… the [revised] mentality means we can win trophies, because he’s won everything,” said Richarlison.

“Having him here means we will be fighting for more trophies.

“We’ve been looking for this competitive edge, so we have everything it takes to have a bright future.

“Carlo has worked with the best players in the world and I am here to learn with him and develop.

“We have a lot of young players and I have learned a lot with him.

“I’ll keep on developing with him in training and I am keen to listen, as he will teach us a lot.”

Richarlison scored 29 goals across his opening two seasons with Everton following a summer 2018 transfer from Watford.

He was the Club’s joint-top scorer in both campaigns – tying with Gylfi Sigurdsson, then Dominic Calvert-Lewin – and gained international recognition early in his Goodison Park career.

After a relatively dry first half of this season, Richarlison, who has scored eight goals in 23 Brazil appearances, took his concerns to Ancelotti.

He has netted seven times since the turn of the year, including a burst of six in six games that began with a double in February’s FA Cup win over Tottenham Hotspur.

“I had some difficulties at the start of the season, so I went to speak to the boss and said I was doing a lot of marking, defending a lot," said Richarlison.

“I was back there with [centre-half] Yerry Mina.

“I said I wanted to be closer to the opponent’s goal, closer to the box.

“He changed my positioning and that’s the point when the goals started flowing and I began helping the team even more.”

Richarlison opened his Premier League account this term – half his 12 goals have come in league games – with the decisive penalty in Everton’s success at Crystal Palace in September.

The reverse fixture next week ushers in the business end of the season.

Everton are on the fringes of the European positions with 10 games remaining, three points behind fifth and two more adrift of fourth – but with at least one game in hand on all seven teams above them.

“I think we have everything it takes to achieve our objectives,” added Richarlison.


“There are 10 games to go and no room for manoeuvre, we have an important game on Monday and have to do ourselves proud and get three points.

“Crystal Palace are a really competitive team and we have to give our all. We are aware of their strengths and are going to put in a big effort, so they don’t cause us to trip up.

“We are five points away from the Champions League, with a game in hand, so that is what we are aiming for.

“We have some games against our close rivals and are going to fight to the end to make the Champions League or Europa League.”