France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris believes Richarlison proved his worth with Brazil by silencing doubters with a brace against Serbia.
Richarlison was the star of the show for Brazil in Doha on Thursday as Tite’s side kicked off their World Cup campaign with a 2-0 win at Lusail Stadium.
The Tottenham striker made an opportunistic debut in the 62nd minute, then made an acrobatic kick to the left corner to seal the win in style.
Brazil’s victory was marred by Neymar’s ankle injury, though Tite was confident the Paris Saint-Germain star would recover.
Asked about his Spurs teammate as well as Neymar’s injury during the announcement of France’s Group D match against Denmark, Lloris said: “Neymar is an icon of world football but I won’t talk about him that much, I don’t I know how serious the injury is.
“As for Richarlison, I am happy for him, he is not one of the most famous players in the Brazil national team and maybe not everyone expected to be in the squad, but he is a great player, a great scorer – as he proved the first goal, but then a great second Goal.
“[It was] spectacular and the best goal of the tournament at the moment, so it’s great for him.
“We know how good the Brazil team is, they are the favourites. They’ll be happy to win the first game, that’s what they needed to do to get ahead.”
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— Richarlison Andrade (@richarlison97) November 24, 2022
France’s winners could secure a place in the round of 16 by beating Denmark on Saturday, though they come into the game after losing their last two games against the Danes, both of which came in this year’s Nations League.
Lloris said: “It gives you an idea of the level of this Danish team, they are a great team that can beat the best.
“It was an awakening for us, we cannot say that we do not know them, and we do not need additional motivation, [it’s] decisive game for qualification. If you look at the first games between Tunisia and Denmark, you will see that we have a lot of work to do. Every team is in a good place.”
“They are underestimated,” France head coach Didier Deschamps said of Denmark, which have kept clean sheets in three of their last five World Cup games.
“We are only talking about the period from June to September, when they beat us twice and made life difficult. We need to make sure that this is not the case. It’s not a matter of revenge, we know their players, they know us.
“We will learn from this experience, but Denmark can learn too.”