Richarlison scored twice in his Champions League debut as Tottenham Hotspur defeated 10-man Marseille 2-0 to get the season started.
The £60 million signing, a new club record for Spurs, defeated the French juggernauts and gave Antonio Conte’s squad the perfect start with two goals in the space of five second-half minutes.
Richarlison Scored Twice On His Tournament Debut
Richarlison gave his team the lead in the 76th minute by heading in an inch-perfect cross from Ivan Perisic. Richarlison then doubled Tottenham’s lead with a header, this time from a superb Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg delivery.
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After scoring the first goal on an exciting night in the tournament, Richarlison ran up to his father for an emotional embrace in a touching moment. The tearful 25-year-old mentioned the lack of Champions League experience he had while playing for English clubs Everton and Watford as one of the primary factors in his decision to join Tottenham this summer.
After signing a five-year contract with Tottenham Richarlison said that when the TV’s theme tune played, his buddies and he both commented that it gave them chills. He continued that he can now listen to that song inside the stadium. He also said that he’s always claimed that playing in the Champions League was a dream of his, and it has now come true.
According to Richarlison, he might weep because it will be a wonderful occasion to play in the Champions League, something he has only seen on television and he was watching the Champions League on his couch in his home until last year when he declared that it was time to take the field there.
Richarlison said that he thought when the time comes he would be fairly emotional since it’s a major competition and all the guys want to play there.
Richarlison’s wishes came true when he avoided Eric Bailly, a defender on loan from Manchester United, for both goals. Chancel Mbemba, a former Newcastle center-back, was sent off early in the second half after making an untimely challenge on Heung-min Son. This significantly increased Tottenham’s chances of winning the match.
Richarlison’s inclusion in Conte’s starting lineup alongside Son and Harry Kane was a noteworthy decision, as the Brazilian international beat out in-form winger Dejan Kulusevski, who has Champions League experience with Juventus. The Spurs manager said that they signed Richarlison because they tried to sign a player that could play in all three positions.