‘I already told him’ – Richarlison sends warning to Tottenham Hotspur team-mate James Maddison

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Richarlison has warned he will “put pressure” on James Maddison should the pair face off during England’s international friendly with Brazil on Saturday evening.

The Three Lions will host Brazil this weekend as Gareth Southgate continues preparations for this summer’s Euros. Maddison was included in the England squad for this fixture and an upcoming clash with Belgium on Tuesday, though it remains to be seen if the midfielder will be handed a chance to prove himself.

Should Maddison go head-to-head with Richarlison this weekend, the latter has made clear he will do all he can to distract his Spurs team-mate. Richarlison will also face off against his former Tottenham team-mate Harry Kane, who he has acknowledged is an obvious goalscoring threat.

“I think Harry Kane is a guy who works really hard at the club. At Tottenham, he had a huge responsibility. He’s a great player. If I’m not mistaken, he’s the main goalscorer for England. So we need to keep an eye on him. We know he’s a guy who scores a lot of goals, so we will keep an eye on this,” he told Sky Sports.

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Richarlison added: “And Maddison, I already told him we are going to get him! Put some pressure on him. I hope we can have a good game and preferably put some pressure on Maddison!”

The 26-year-old has enjoyed a positive second season at Spurs, scoring 11 times and providing three assists in 26 appearances for the club. Seeking the help of a psychologist has helped turnaround Richarlison’s form and the Brazilian has urged others to follow suit if they are struggling on the pitch.

“I think the mental aspect is so important for a player, to not let things around you get in the way of your work on the pitch,” shared Spurs’ No.9. “It’s what I’ve been doing. I have a psychologist now and she’s been helping me. I have sessions every week. I ask the players to open up to the possibility of having a therapist because it is so important. Once they start taking sessions, they will understand what I mean. It really helps you on the pitch.”

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