Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury II, LIVE: what time is the ring walk and how to watch the rematch in Las Vegas?
Not long now until Deontay Wilder defends his WBC heavyweight title for the second time against Tyson Fury as they both try to rest who the winner of the first fight followed a controversial draw 448 days ago.
Fury vowed to knock Wilder out in the second round after he had dumped Ben Davison as a trainer for Javan & # 39; Sugarhill & # 39; Flight attendant, because the British heavyweight is looking for more power while maintaining its light footwork and speed.
The bronze bomber will be on the prowl for an early knockout that keeps the Gyspy King down after dropping Fury on the canvas in the 12th round in their first fight, only to miraculously serve the count to defeat after an Undertaker-like resurrection .
Both hunters got harder in this Las Vegas battle in the T-Mobile Arena, with the Bronze Bomber weighing 16st 7lbs and Gypsy King 19st 7lbs .
What time does Wilder vs Fury start?
The ring walk for Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury rematch is expected to take place around 5 am on Sunday British time – that is 9 am in Las Vegas on Saturday.
The undercard for this fight takes place from around 10 p.m. British time on Saturday – that is 2 p.m. local time.
How can I view the rematch?
In the UK, the Wilder-Fury fight will take place at BT Sport Box Office for £ 24.95 .
If you are a BT TV customer, you can buy and watch BT Sport Box Office events on BT TV, channel 494. While you have a Sky Sport, you can buy and watch a BT Sport Box Office event via your TV on channel 490.
The fight will be available on ESPN + . Existing customers can purchase the fight for $ 79.99 with new customers who can get a bundle package for $ 84.98 including access to a streaming service and Wilder-Fury fight.
You can also look at FOX Sports PPV and can be streamed by the FOX Sports app or another streaming device as above.
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H2H: Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury
Deontay Wilder aka Bronze Bomber
All slots and no clocks, it can be hug to the uninitiated. She may not have just been aware that she was part of a small gathering hoping to catch a glimpse of the WBC heavyweight champion.
Flash mobs appear from nowhere in Vegas, too. It's like Madness' Our House but spread insanely over a city. "There's always something happening and it's usually quite loud." What is happening this weekend is the biggest heavyweight title fight this century, or so it has been claimed.
Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury. And is it loud? Well, yes and no. The purse is huge, the financial rewards spectacular. The pay per view price Stateside is £ 62, and the take up is predicted to be over a million.
As for tickets, they'll set you back as much as, there, face value. That's right. It's not a sell-out, and the arena only holds 17,000. That's one of boxing's many contradictions. These one could be splitting upwards or £ 100m while failing to pull in as many as pay to watch Portsmouth in League One each week. Boxing belongs to the broadcasters now.
There will be the usual famous faces in the crowd on Saturday and the high rollers will get their comps as always, yet it is a British and Irish invasion that will guarantee the atmosphere at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Fainting ladies notwithstanding, Wilder's status in his homeland encapsulates boxing's dual existence.
He was expected to be a late morning on stage for a Fox Sports broadcast. Tyson Fury had already been and gone and was loudly appreciated. Not mobbed or besieged in the way LeBron James would have been, but they like him here, they find him colorfully eccentric.
Then, when Fury had left the stage, we waited for Wilder. And waited. And waited some more. But it was an awkward pause. Not the buzz of anticipation that would normally precede an appearance by an athlete or his stature.
The throng did not grow with the spread of Chinese whispers. Some rubber neckers got bored and drifted away, others stopped by because they spotted a crowd and curiosity overcame them. Floyd Mayweather's manager Leonard Ellerbe took the internship and no-one really knew who, despite his client being the man who upped the financial ante for the entire industry.
Occasionally, television runners would try to raise the atmosphere a notch, promote the odd cry or "Bomb Squad," Wilder's catch phrase. But it didn't catch on, Mike Tyson used to have a member of his entourage employed as a hype man. Steve Fitch, known as The Crocodile, would be two minutes ahead of him through every public space during fight week, shouting the odds. "He's here! Mike Tyson! Pound for pound, the best fighter on the planet! The baddest man in the world! Mike Tyson! Guerilla warfare, baby! "
And the scene set, Tyson and his team would march through, to pandemonium. Wilder needs a barker like that, extolling his talents. Instead, without fanfare, close to anonymous, the Bronze Bomber stood by the side of the stage, waiting to make his entrance. The WBC is casually draped over one shoulder and dressed in nondescript gray sweats, looked like the guy who worked for the world heavyweight champion, rather than the man himself. And as he stood there, the absence of buzz was almost startling.
If that had been Cristiano Ronaldo, say, in a place where football fans had congregated there would have been mayhem. Surges, as individuals scrambled for selfies, or just a sighting, cheers, roars. It wouldn't have been a live show that was being recorded. As any deadline day reporter will confirm, fans are no respecters or decorum on camera.
Yet for Wilder, nothing. He just stood, patiently, to a striking absence or hellobuloo and when he was finally called forward it was to a muted reception, save for a loud guttural chant that turned out to come from a gentlemen with a broadcasters' headset. Boxing promoters paper the halls but amplifying the audience is usually unnecessary. There was then a five minute delay while Wilder had his microphones attached, dutifully co-operatively, while the soundman performed his menial chore.
Camera on, he was a showman, as Fury is, but no fighters should be working this hard on a Thursday to sell a show. Certainly not the heavyweight champion. A short while later Fury was back in the media room for another round of broadcast interviews. At one point the gift of a letter to the young man who exclusive Conor McGregor's YouTube channel, helping promote his own brand Irish whiskey.
"No need to rush, he'll be here an hour," said a handler of Fury. An hour. Lennox Lewis would be one official media day and not seen again until the weigh-in. There was something incongruous in watching Wilder and Fury trying to dig their way further into public consciousness when this should be a contest that needs no hard-sell. It is that unique beast, a fight between two outstanding, unbeaten heavyweights at their peak.
How often does that happen? Wladimir Klitschko was his best when he fought Anthony Joshua; Andy Ruiz Jr. was nobody's idea of a champion. It's very rare that two fighters come together, with so much at stake and in their prime. It is also very rare that a fight throws up so many permutations and possibilities.
And, no, this isn't the heavyweight division's golden age, but it's not a bad one, and seeing Fury sat on stage, nervous energy leaking from his bouncing legs and twiddling fingers, singing for his supper one final time, actually felt quite poignant.
He is going into a fight against one of the most explosive punchers the sport has seen. That's Wilder's bomb. And as that point grows nearer, the bulk of the money says Wilder knocks him out. In the last 24 hours, 80 per cent or bets placed favor Wilder.
This is the point when athletes retreat into a world of intense focus. "They'll both be trying to find time to themselves, so they can get physically and mentally right," said Lennox Lewis. Yet here was Fury, dressed up in his latest tailored headline maker – his suit was embroidered with the words 'Big Dosser', his favored insult for Wilder – making another sales pitch. There was a plan to get him in a room with some YouTube influencers, if possible.
And, sure, for £ 60m, you might do that, too. Yet there were times, as he waited for the next hook-up, that one of the most dangerous people on the planet looked almost vulnerable.
There are some lurid accounts or his mental state coming into this fight. If he loses, it would be a great surprise to hear a terrifying back story by way of explanation. For all the hype and hoopla, the ring is the starkest arena once left to the combatants, and Fury's illness is every bit as real.
Andy Lee, Fury's trainer, has spoken or pulled him out of dark mental troughs several times in the build up. At one stage, it was contemplated hiring an Elvis Presley impersonator to lift his spirits, the depression had got so bad.
Yet if Fury fights well, if he wins? It would give boxing its most genuinely charismatic champion in years. A talker, a cod-philosopher, a mesmeric figure, unpredictable and brave, but flawed, like all of the populist sports heroes. Boxing often appears in existential crisis, yet all it needs is one great fight or one great champion and this, potentially, is that fight and that champion.
Wilder came to Britain looking for a challenger and Fury, to his credit, stepped up. Joshua has more belts than the pair or them put together, but losing to Ruiz has relegated him. This is Fury and Wilder's division right now, with talk already or making it a trilogy.
And as self defeating as that may sound – if there are plans for part three, what is the point of part two – it is apparent that these boxers have come to define each other and, by doing so, define the current heavyweight division. They have unique styles and a unique rivalry that should sell itself.
That says it needs the hardest of pitches as much of the sport as the protagonists. Yet, for all that, hundreds or millions of remain at stake. Some seats may be empty, The Crocodile may have snapped his last, but just above Vegas' cacophony, boxing's call remains loud.
Arsenal & # 39; to send scouts to watch Roma midfielder Bryan Cristante at the weekend against Lecce & # 39;
- Bryan Cristante comes back in action this weekend from the suspension for Roma
- Arsenal is set to send scouts to the Stadio Olimpico to send him to see in action
- Christian has scored once and has registered two assists for Roma this season
Cristante was suspended for Roma & # 39; s 2-1 defeat to Atalanta last weekend, but will be available to Paulo Fonseca for their match against Lecce.
And CalcioMercato claim that Gunner's representatives will see the 24-year-old Italian international in action this weekend.
Christian, initially eligible to represent Canada through his father before choosi ng Italy, turns 25 next month and is under contract with Roma until June 2024.
He has played 17 games so far in all games so far, beaten once against Sassuolo and registered two assists, but he has also spent more than two months out with a tear in the thigh muscles.
The creative midfielder of the Roma also has to spend a considerable amount of time at a club since making his professional debut for AC Milan in December 2011.
Cristante was bought by the Portuguese side Benfica in 2014 before being given on loan to Serie A with Palermo, Pescara and Atalanta.
The latter bought him completely in 2018, but he was immediately loaned to Roma, to whom he joined permanently in February last year.
Teams throughout Europe give their stars a chance on the big stage and many reward their clubs with great displays.
Here are some other upcoming stars to watch in the Champions League and Europa League this week.
Ferran Torres, 19 – Valencia
Plays Wednesday – v Atalanta (A)
Only 19 more , Torres has already become a fixture in the Valencia line-up this season.
He is a technically gifted right winger with four goals and four assists to his name in 23 games.
He is a local kid who came through the ranks of the academy and they value him highly, releasing a £ 83 million clause in his contract. Torres & # 39; performances have linked him to Arsenal and Leicester in the past.
Mason Greenwood, 18 – Manchester United
Plays Thursday – v Club Brugge (A)
The emergence of Greenwood has been well documented this he has found the most game time in Manchester United and in the Europa League.
The 18-year-old is the most exciting talent coming from the club's academy since Marcus Rashford and he has nine goals to his name in all competitions.
Comparisons have been made with Robin van Persie and he has a huge future in the game.
Myron Boadu, 19 – AZ Alkmaar
Plays Thursday – v LASK (H)
If you have never loved this 19- heard his birthday – old Dutch striker, you will do that quickly and he will certainly secure a relocation of AZ Alkmaar this summer.
The teenager has a lot of responsibility on his shoulders, but carries the burden excellently with 19 goals and six assists this season.
Boadu is deadly in the business but also has a great pace. He is plagued by injury problems that can scare off potential lovers, but if he can stay fit, the future looks at big things.
Gabriel Martinelli, 18 – Arsenal
Plays Thursday – v Olympiacos (A)
Martinelli is one of the few shining lights in an otherwise disappointing season for Arsenal.
The 18-year-old looks home for the Gunners, but has to play from the left flank when his favorite position is in the middle.
He probably gets some more playing time under Mikel Arteta in the Europa League clash with Olympiacos on Thursday night. He is already in double digits for goals this season and can play an even more prominent role if Alexandre Lacazette or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leave in the summer.
Pedro Neto, 19 – Wolves
Plays Thursday – v Espanyol (H)
Neto joined Wolves last year Lazio and has tipped a five-year deal for the top.
The 19-year-old became Braga's youngest scorer at the age of 17 and did not look back. Neto, another Portuguese recruit for the men of Nuno Espirito Santo, managed to break into the first team this season.
He has three goals in 26 appearances and will try to improve that number against Espanyol.
Tete, 20 – Shakhtar Donetsk
Plays Thursday – f Benfica (H)
The Shakhtar Donetsk winger joined a five-year deal last February and has since shown why the Ukrainian club has poached him from Gremio.
He follows a long Brazilian conveyor belt to thrive for Shakhtar and it seems that his value will only increase.
Tete has four goals and four assists in 17 matches for the club and is an international under 20 in Brazil.
Kai Havertz, 20 – Bayer Leverkusen
Plays Thursday – v Porto (H)
Liverpool fans may want to keep a close eye on German fans international as he stands in line for Bayer Leverkusen against Porto on Thursday.
The 20-year-old is already a star and has been associated with a summer move to Anfield. He scored six times this season in 27 games from the attacking midfield.
The technically gifted starlet became the youngest player to represent Leverkusen in the Champions League and has the world at his feet.
Dani Olmo, 21 – RB Leipzig
Plays Wednesday – f Tottenham (A)
Elm was covered internationally last year by Spain and is another typically gifted attacking midfielder.
The 21-year-old did not arrive from Leipzig from Dinamo Zagreb until January, but immediately joined the first team.
He can provide top service to Timo Werner and Yussuf Poulsen, so that the side of Jose Mourinho has to keep an eye on him on Wednesday.
Lee Kang-in, 19 – Valencia
Plays Wednesday – v Atalanta (A)
The South Korean joined The academy of Valencia far back in 2011 and has been on the radar for a while.
He caught the attention of the Spanish club after he appeared on a football television in 2007 and makes waves at the club.
Although Kang-in still has to be a mainstay on the side, the shrinking midfielder is still only 18 and has played 15 games so far this season, including five in the Champions League.
Justin Kluivert, 20 – Rome
Plays Thursday – f Ghent (A)
Son of the legendary Patrick, the Dutch winger still has to set the world on fire with Roma since he joined Ajax in 2018, but has enough time to develop.
The 20-year-old takes his minutes when he can get them. It seems a matter of time before he fulfills his potential and the Italian club is patient.
This season, Kluivert has scored five times in 23 games and enjoys playing in the attacking style of Paulo Fonseca.
There were two Timo Werners on the field in RB Leipzig's Red Bull Arena last Saturday afternoon.
The other, who clung to his hand, was a six-year-old mascot who was only slightly shorter than his namesake. So while little Timo Werner faced a must-win match against Werder Bremen, even little Timo Werner rushed off the field after the handshakes to find his mom and dad.
Happy for Leipzig it was the right Timo Werner who fell on the pitch and the side of Julian Nagelsmann to a 3-0 to keep the heat on Bayern. But while the Bundesliga chuckled at the story of the striker and the footballer, Nagelsmann must have quietly wanted him to have two Timo Werners in his team.
Leipzig faces Tottenham on Wednesday evening and for Werner it will be more than just an audition for a possible move to the Premier League with Liverpool among those who show an interest.
Despite a recent dip in shape and no previous experience in the Champions League knockout phase, his team can clash the last 16 with a genuine hope of reaching the final eight. They are currently only one point behind Bayern in the Bundesliga, and Werner, who will take the lead in North London, is an important reason for their success this season.
His goal record speaks for itself. His 20 goals in the competition this period include two hat tricks and four braces, and he has also recorded ten assists in all competitions.
Blessed with a scorching pace and impeccable finish, Werner was always well suited to the neo-German football that was appreciated by Ralf Rangnick and Ralph Hasenhüttl.
Under Nagelsmann, who adds a healthy touch of ball possession to the pressing and counter-pressing, he has even more flourishing. If Speedy Gonzales-like counterattacks remain his trademark, his ability to deviate widely, lean back and make room for his fellow players are also the key to Leipzig's attacking game.
Like Robert Lewandowski of Bayern, he also has a talent for squeezing deadly shots out of tight spots when his side hits a parked bus.
His form this year saw him return to the national team after a miserabl and World Cup in 2018, and also expelled the last remains of a bizarre period in which he was one of the most hated players in Germany.
His move to Leipzig, widely hated for their Red Bull tires, and a shameful dive against Schalke in 2017 was short enough to turn an entire nation against him. For a while, songs from & # 39; Timo Werner were a son of ab *** h & # 39; the habit in all German stadiums, even those where Leipzig did not play.
It is an honor to Werner that he never proceeded with unfair treatment, and his uncomplicated and effective approach to the game has now won him more fans than opponents. Although he flirted continuously with a move to Bayern last season, he shot more than one goal for Leipzig every two games, enabling them to reach the Champions League qualification and the German cup final.
In the end it was Nagelsmann who persuaded him to stay another year, and Werner signed a new deal to keep him at the club until 2023. For many, it was the wise choice, and one that Werner should keep in mind if he is considering a switch to England or Munich this summer.
& # 39; The system in Leipzig is the best that Timo Werner can get at the moment in Germany. In Munich, it would not have been tailor-made for him, & former Arsenal and Germany keeper Jens Lehmann told Bild last month.
There is certainly something in it. Werner has always been the deadliest when he is the center of an attack. For Germany in 2018, when he was used as a reserve all-rounder to close a gap, he flopped spectacularly. Under Nagelsmann, where the system was built around him, he has been formidable.
Although it seems counterintuitive, it can also mean that Werner is not shining in his audition against Tottenham on Wednesday night. Nagelsmann will undoubtedly have a specific plan to defeat the men of Jose Mourinho, and unless Werner is at the heart of it, he may not touch his best form.
He is also, and will probably always be, a mood player. Werner is an unstoppable force in the zone. But despite his record this season, he has gone through a small target drought in recent weeks, with no goals in his last five games.
But even if Tottenham turns out not to be a career-defining match, Werner will remain on the radar of the top European clubs in the coming months, and rightly so. In Leipzig, they are doing everything they can to lose him this summer.
& # 39; If he continues to score, it is clear that it is not only Bayern who is interested in such a world-class player. Timo is not unsaleable, we have to be honest about that & # 39 ;, Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff told Bild last month.
Perhaps the only solution for Mintzlaff and Nagelsmann is a way to find a way of having two Timo Werners. That way they could sell one and keep the other on the field by scoring goals in the Bundesliga title race.
Liverpool & # 39; eye £ 31.5 million summer ship for Milot Rashica … while club scouts send to see Werder Bremen midfielder and Timo Werner in action & # 39; in Jurgen Klopp raid on the Bundesliga
Werder Bremen midfielder Milot Rashica has caught the attention of Liverpool
- ] Jurgen Klopp is also interested in Red Bull Leipzig forward Timo Werner
- Rashica reportedly has a £ 31.5m release clause if the Reds
- Werder Bremen midfielder Milot Rashica has caught the attention of Liverpool
- ] Jurgen Klopp is also interested in Red Bull Leipzig forward Timo Werner
- Rashica reportedly has a £ 31.5m release clause if the Reds
Jurgen Klopp is also interested in Red Bull Leipzig. ]
Liverpool currently scouting Werder Bremen midfielder Milot Rashica with a view to a summer move of £ 31.5 million.
The 23-year-old, who is a Kosovo international, made an impression this season in the Bundesliga and scored seven goals in 18 league games.
Jurgen Klopp looks at the best Bundesliga talent and in addition to RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner, Rashica has now emerged as another player who is sharply watched by the scouting department of Liverpool, according to the German outlet Bild .
MILOT RASHICA IN 2019-20
- Performances: 21
- Objectives: 10
- Assisted: 4
- Yellow cards: 2
Statistics in all competitions according to Transfermarkt
The report notes that Rashica has a squeeze-out clause from Werder Bremen has € 38 million, should the waiting Premier League continue. with a summer movement.
Rashica moved from Dutch side to Vitesse Arnhem in January 2018, with a contract until 2022.
In 2016, he switched national teams from Albania to Kosovo, and will play a role in the next month 2020 play-offs.
Meanwhile, Oliver Mintzlaff, CEO of RB Leipzig, has insisted that Werner be happy with the club and focus on the rest of the season, despite constant speculation that connects him with a move to Liverpool.
Werner currently has a £ 1945 million release clause in his contract in Leipzig, but it is scheduled to expire in April and could force European champions to move quickly.
Mintzlaff, however, is over Werner focuses solely on helping Leizpig succeed this season while denyi that the reds made contact during a move.
& # 39; We hear these reports all the time & # 39 ;, Mintzlaff told Transfermarkt after Leizpig's 3-0 win over Werder Bremen on Saturday.
& # 39; Someone comes up with something and everyone copies it. Werner is happy here and wants to play the rest of the season. & # 39;
& # 39; To be a good manager, you need to look at Liverpool & # 39 ;: Julian Nagelsmann starts following the & # 39; process & # 39; van Jurgen Klopp at RB Leipzig
- Julian Nagelsmann has revealed that he is looking to improve Liverpool as a manager
- The boss of RB Leipzig praised the dominance of Premier League leaders
- Nagelsmann encouraged his young players to learn from the hunger of world champions
The ruling European and Club World Cup champions lead 22 points in the Premier League and rush to a landslide title win.
He hopes to bring Leipzig a first German title in their short history, but admits that he has been blown away by the Reds this season.
& # 39; I watch Liverpool a lot, & # 39; told the German coach the Independent .
& # 39; They have developed so well, especially in possession and variety. In the first two seasons under Jurgen Klopp, it was more about a counterattack and creating offensive moments. That is the same process that we are now going through in Leipzig, extending to not just relying on presses and counters.
& # 39; If you want to be a good manager, you should watch Liverpool matches. What they do is incredible. They are the versions that you can learn from, but even more important is what you can take away from their mentality.
& # 39; It is completely crazy if you are so successful that you are 22 points ahead of the next team in the competition, but you do more and more to win games. That is a big message to give to players, especially the young.
& # 39; They must learn from Liverpool to always be hungry, to be better. It doesn't matter if you are almost the champion, you still win and win and win and win. & # 39;
Nagelsmann is 32 years old and is the youngest manager in the Bundesliga. record as the youngest boss in the history of the competition after the leadership of Hoffenheim in 2016.
After his career ended due to knee injuries while still an academy player, Nagelsmann made his way to the German top flight after he took charge of Hoffenheim & # 39; s under-19s.
He was poached by Leipzig after he had impressively guided the club to back-to-back Champions League qualifications.
Nagelsmann now has the task of finalizing the RB Leipzig project, which was born when Red Bull purchased fifth grade SSV Markranstadt, renamed the club and carried it to the Bundesliga within seven seasons.
Danny Rose watches Danny Rose during loan from Newcastle & # 39; with French side interested in signing Tottenham left back in the summer
They had already registered their interest during the transfer window in January when it was possible that Layvin Kurzawa left the club.
Rose hit Spurs boss Jose Mourinho because he didn't give him the c gave plays earlier this season.
After falling into the pecking order in London, Rose signed the six-month loan agreement with Newcastle on the day of the deadline, where he gets more playing time.
He also hopes to get himself in the picture again for the Euro 2020 campaign of England.
& # 39; I really feel that I didn't get as much chance as everyone else in the backline & # 39 ;, Rose told BBC Radio 5 Live. & # 39; I wanted to play for him.
& # 39; I knew that after a month [of Mourinho being in charge] I would never play. It was hard to train knowing that I would not play.
Rose has suggested that he cancel his Spurs contract, which is attractive for PSG. And the prospect of moving to Paris can also be attractive to Rose.
Sometimes it pays to have reach. For Richarlison de Andrade, it helped to have 2.1 million Instagram followers when his dog escaped. After a call on social media, two Everton Acerola fans found the Siberian husky worrying sheep near Crosby beach.
"Many fans were looking for him," smiles Richarlison. "It was kind of crazy." It also helps that the Everton center forward is now the number 9 of Brazil . It meant that when he talked to politicians in his hometown of Nova Venecia last summer about the poor standard of health care and education, they listened.
I was invited to speak at the state legislative assembly and I could tell them everything I feel, "he explains. "I said they should spend more money on education and health. It is really important. & # 39;
Now he is an international in Brazil with a Copa America winner medal at home and is invited to talk to politicians. At Everton, he is considered so fundamental that coach Carlo Ancelotti wants to build a team around him.
"Four years ago I was home in Brazil with only dreams, but now look at me," he says. "Things happen quickly, don't they? I think I just have to make the best of it. I heard what the coach said and it makes me happy. It is recognition for the work I have done here.
& I want to become a driving force. This is how I have always been: a fighter. That is what brought me here in the first place. "
It was not an easy season in Everton for anyone. Coach Marco Silva, who signed Richarlison for Watford and then for Everton, got fired late last year, but that was not the low point. That came to Anfield last month when a strong Everton side lost to a youthful Liverpool team in the FA Cup. The fallout was quite toxic for a while.
& # 39; I could not sleep after that match, & # 39; Richarlison nods. "You could see fans cursing us on social media. I cursed myself in the dressing room and at home. I was really mad.
& # 39; But I don't think it's right (to say the men lost belong to the boys). That Liverpool team had quality and the young kid (Curtis Jones) scored a miracle goal. It was a sad moment for us and we had to learn from it. The most important thing is that we got over it and went to the table. "
Under Ancelotti, Everton has won four and has drawn two of the seven Premier League games. In Saturday's home game with Crystal Palace, they are ninth and Richarlison has played his role, traversing the length of the field to set up a winner for Theo Walcott in Watford last weekend.
Yet it came as a surprise to be linked to a move to Barcelona on the last day of the transfer window. Everton insists that there was no contact from the Catalan club.
& # 39; I was playing video games at home with my friends at home in Brazil when I suddenly started receiving all these messages from people asking if the Barcelona story was true, & he says . "I didn't know anything about it. My agent spoke to Everton and it was nothing, just rumors. It's nice to have recognition, but I want to keep scoring goals and doing well here. & # 39;
Richarlison talks at an Everton in the Community event on the club's training ground. In Brazil, his charity work has helped build soccer fields near where he was raised and sponsors South American students to study mathematics abroad. attend an event like this and, with a group of young people playing as part of the Premier League Kicks scheme, it is not difficult to detect a certain enthusiasm.
At some point, since he is struggling with a young man in a corner, it is tempting to wonder if a yellow card can come.
& # 39; I think I accidentally kicked one of the children, & # 39; he says later with a grin. "But you know, it's fun. We train all day and then go home, so when there are moments like this, we make the best of it. & # 39;
This interview takes place in Portuguese, via a translator. Richarlison takes English lessons and speaks to his teammates, but does not yet have the confidence to try it in public. TV series such as The Last Kingdom help, as well as repeating some of the songs Everton fans have started to sing in his honor. "Yes, I sing them when I'm alone," he says. "It helps me remember."
He had only turned 20 when he joined Watford from Fluminense in the summer of 2017 and found the transition difficult. On his way to join Ajax when Silva called him, he actually signed a less lucrative contract than the one offered in the Netherlands, just because he wanted to play in England. None of that helped him with the weather or the food.
"It was difficult at first and I lost 5kg (11lb) during my early days in Watford," he says. "I was not used to eating here, so my diet consisted mainly of burgers and coke. That was every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I was just training so hard and not eating well. I think I've lost a lot of muscle. & # 39;
Nowadays Richarlison is wedged along the coast in Crosby. Last year he bought his beloved dog and it was on his way home from a training session that he was told was missing. "I was looking for him on the beach but couldn't find him," he remembers.
"So I posted it on social media and got messages from fans that they were looking for him. I did not expect that response. I love that dog. He chased sheep and it was a couple who found him. I gave them two shirts as a gift because they had already given me a gift by finding him. Fortunately they were both fans of Everton. & # 39;
The biggest day in Richarlison's career was followed by a disguise by his boot manufacturer. When he scored the third goal of the Brazilian victory of Copa America against Peru last July, he did so in yellow boots in honor of his hero Ronaldo. "I got a riddle from my sponsors because they weren't the newest model," he says. & # 39; But it inspires me to wear them, so it was worth it. I not only love Ronaldo, but also Neymar. I want to do the same as both, if not even better. & # 39;
His hero worship of Neymar once extended to copying his hairstyle. At some point, that relationship can turn into professional rivalry. Neymar was wounded last summer, so Richarlison, Roberto Firmino, Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho filled the four attacking berths in coach Tite's team. It is clear that five in four will not go.
As far as Ronaldo is concerned, that love still goes on. Richarlison is still watching videos of the big man on his phone for gaming, although he still has to make up for his nervous first meeting with his hero two years ago.
& # 39; I didn't know what at that time, & he said, shaking his head. & # 39; I just frozen. My friend had to tell me to have a photo with him. I have it in my house now. You have your role model and he is suddenly right in front of you. You have idolized him as a child and then he is there. It was a crazy moment. I still watch the videos & # 39; s every day, but I also watch some of my goals. & # 39;
On the internet you can watch a short film in which Richarlison celebrates his Copa America call with his family, watching the announcement on TV in the house he bought for his grandmother. "Then they released fireworks and I started playing soccer with the local kids," he says. "It is a special place."
His love for Brazil is clear and he has already told Olympic coach Juninho, once from Middlesbrough, that he will be available for selection for the Tokyo Games this summer. "It is always an honor to put on that shirt," he says. "It just keeps my hair straight and just to think about it." His neighborhood was poor and many of his friends went to jail. As a child, after divorcing his parents, he sold sweets, made cakes, worked in a car wash and helped on his grandfather's farm. After the failure of a trial in Figueirense, he almost gave up.
& # 39; That was on my birthday & # 39 ;, he says. & # 39; I had traveled thousands of miles south and the rejection made me feel like nobody. I came home and my motivation fell. I didn't want to train. Fortunately I have good people around me and they put me on the right track. & # 39;
It was a path that eventually led Richarlison to MG in America in Belo Horizonte, 350 miles from home, and then to Fluminense in Rio. Three and a half years after his debut in the highest division of Brazil, it has been an express journey.
Richarlison's figures in Everton are impressive and scored 25 in a year and a half. It feels like he is ready for the next step. But is Everton?
"Well, it's important for us to work under a manager with all that experience and all those trophies and titles," he says. "There is much to learn and it is important to ask him many questions every day. I think we can all improve under Carlo. "
THE SECRET SCOUT: Teenager Michael Olise reading glides effortlessly over the ball but must add goals to his game
Our scout is a top football expert who attends games every week looking for the next star. This week they bring you the statement and judgment about Michael Olise van Reading.
WHAT did he GOT?
POSITION: CENTER VALUE VALUE: £ 600k
2019-20 APPS: 8 OBJECTIVES: 0
He is a France Younger than 18 international, about 5ft 10in, and the Royals must take great care of this teenage talent.
Full of beans with a style that exudes confidence, he had a particularly effective game when I saw him in an Under 23 side that challenged a strong opposition.
A left foot, Olise showed the confidence to control the ball and squirts from a forward midfield position.
Sometimes the ball seemed attracted to his left foot and he played smart, simple and unselfish. He has a good range without being tempted to hit & # 39; glory & # 39; balls, realizing that a large crossfield left to wide right pass is most valuable when there is a real chance of progress on that opposite flank.
He is quite small, but this was not a handicap because he protected the ball against harder opponents if necessary.
Rarely did he use his right foot to comfortably fit on that side, allowing the ball to run over his body to deceive his marker. He took all angles with a high degree of accuracy – deep down to his incoming high center back.
When he moves the ball, he slides without showing a destructive pace, but he is fast enough to make the midfielders of the opponent uncertain. ]
WHAT DOES HE NEED?
I did not see a regular threat with goals. He looks more like a provider of opportunities, although he did score a goal with a 20-meter clinical shot when I saw him. He must ensure that he does this more often. However, he scored a goal with one beautiful pass.
He looks like he can handle himself in a physical battle, but towards the end of the game he revealed a short fuse and a little fight.
But he is already on the fringes of the first Reading team and there is undoubtedly some talent here, so this young French boy must now channel it correctly to have a successful career.
Easy on the eye with a nice balance on the ball, it definitely attracts attention.