Everton winger Richarlison has revealed that the sacking of manager Rafa Benitez unsettled the squad.

The Toffees have struggled this season and are still in the relegation fight despite having Frank Lampard as Benitez’s replacement midway through the season; Richarlison being one player who has had a dip in form.

“After my injury, which was a little serious, I came back fine. I come in a good sequence, even with the team not getting the wins. It was because of this good sequence that I returned to the national team. We have 13 games in the Premier League and the team will evolve.

“The coach’s sacking affected the group, we lost three or four important players in the squad, the players who were injured too. So that affected the group a lot, but I continued my focus, working hard, that’s why I returned to the Selecao,” he said at a Brazil press conference on Monday.

Everton will be up against West Ham United when the league returns with Richarlison hoping that a break with the national team will give him the needed time to evaluate himself ahead of the league final games.


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