Antonio Conte shares tips for ‘fearless’ Richarlison to thrive for Tottenham on Derby day

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte has backed Richarlison to enjoy this weekend’s north London derby where he will face compatriot Gabriel Jesus.

Spurs make the short trip across the capital to Arsenal, with last season’s stunning 3-0 win over the Gunners both sides fresh in their memories.

It has seen Tottenham eventually guide their rivals into the top four and into Champions League qualification, but both have recruited well over the summer and now have Brazilians at the helm.

Jesus has flourished since joining from Manchester City and Richarlison despite his £60million asking price and was quick to make a positive impression with his new club.

“We’re talking about a player who isn’t afraid,” Conte said of Richarlison.

“I think he’s a player who puts in a lot of effort at every moment, including during training sessions, but the first thing I see about him is certainly that he’s not afraid.

“He’s not afraid of anything. Not about the atmosphere, not about the noise and it’s really strong. On the pitch, even with the opponent, it’s difficult to play against him because he’s not afraid.”

Richarlison will go into the game with a slight advantage over Jesus, who was surprisingly left out of Brazil’s squad for recent internationals against Ghana and Tunisia.

While national team boss Tite insisted Jesus was still in contention for a place at the World Cup, Spurs forward Richarlison grabbed his chance with both hands, scoring twice and scoring once against Ghana in Tuesday’s 5-1 win at the Parc des Princes .

Conte added: “We’re talking about two amazing nines and Tite is lucky because he has two fantastic forwards to count on.

“With players like that, I’m sure you’re ready to face the World Cup with great ambition.

“Then you know very well that the competition is a short competition, you have to play every three days and you need players of the same quality. You don’t risk losing quality if you start with Richy then you start another game with Jesus.

“I think we’re talking about two really top players here and every manager should be happy to have problems like this.”

Jesus already has four goals for Arsenal to show how quickly he’s settled in London.

It comes as no surprise to Conte, who also addressed the quality of his counterpart Mikel Arteta with Arsenal sitting at the Premier League summit after eight games this season.

“I’m not surprised because I know Gabriel Jesus,” emphasized the Italian.

“He’s very good, he was an important player for Manchester City but the problem Manchester City had is a fantastic squad!

I think he’s a player who puts in a lot of effort at every moment, including during training sessions, but the first thing I see about him is definitely that he’s not afraid.

Antonio Conte on Richarlison

“Sometimes (Raheem) Sterling was on the bench, sometimes Jesus and if you want to be in contention to win a trophy – Premier League, Champions League or national (team) trophy – the squad has to be strong. And then every single player wants to play every game.

“Jesus wanted to go to Arsenal to play regularly. Same was for Sterling, but we’re talking top-top players who’ve been on the bench in the past. That shows the quality of the Manchester City squad and that’s the difference between the title contenders and the other teams.”

On Saturday, Conte added: “I know very well that there is a rivalry between these two clubs. Last season happened in the end, we beat them in the Champions League race, but that doesn’t mean they were any less stronger than us.

“Now it’s a different season. I think they want to fight for something important and Arsenal are one of the top six teams in the Premier League.

“They deserve great respect because they have worked very well with Arteta for many years. They support him in every situation. We have a lot of respect but we go there to play our game and try to do our best.” Antonio Conte shares tips for ‘fearless’ Richarlison to thrive for Tottenham on Derby day

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