Richarlison says he did not joke with Antonio Conte after the Tottenham manager’s fracas with Thomas Tuchel as he is not “insane”, but insists “these things are positive for football”.
After the tense 2-2 draw with Chelsea last month, which saw both managers celebrate wildly when their team’s scored, Conte and Tuchel shared some choice words and an overly intimate handshake after the final whistle.
Tuchel was handed a touchline ban as a result while Conte escaped with just a fine, and Richarlison, predictably, thoroughly enjoyed the altercation.
“That was fun, wasn’t it?” the Brazilian laughed in an interview with FourFourTwo. “At the time we were still involved with the game, so we watched what happened between them on video in the dressing room.
“It’s pretty normal in football – things happen between players all the time, so it can happen to the coaches as well. Everyone calms down and moves on. But it was amusing to see that confrontation between the two bosses. Ours isn’t afraid of confrontations, is he?”
Despite how funny Richarlison found the moment, he says he would have to be “insane” to have joked about it with Conte.
“Are you insane? No chance, come on!” he said when asked if he’d laugh about it with Conte. “Would you try any jokes? I did not.
“But these things are positive for football. The supporters love it. It’s a privilege to experience such big games, like Tottenham vs Chelsea, Brazil vs Argentina and Everton vs Liverpool.”
In the same interview, Richarlison – who moved to Everton from Spurs in the summer – claimed his former side did not show “that eagerness to win matches and trophies”:
“It’s always a tough call when you have such strong connections with your club, and that was definitely the case for me,” Richarlison said.
“I was happy at Everton and I’m grateful for everything I learned there. It’s a big club with a lot of history.
“However, perhaps they’re suffering from a lack of ambition nowadays. You know, that eagerness to win matches and trophies.
“I spent four years there and I could see there was still a very long way to go to achieve big things.
“I felt it was the right time to move on, and the club also had to make some money. It was a good deal for everyone involved. I’m delighted with this new challenge at Spurs.”
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