Benitez defends Richarlison after Calvert-Lewin clash over penalty

Rafa Benitez reveals he told Richarlison he could take Everton’s second penalty if they got two at Brighton but insists he has no concerns despite star disobeying orders by clashing with Dominic Calvert-Lewin over spot-kick duties

  • Everton stars Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison clashed on Saturday 
  • Seamus Coleman won a penalty with the Toffees already 1-0 ahead at Brighton
  • Calvert-Lewin was the designated penalty taker but the Brazilian wanted it 
  • Richarlison was furious but Rafa Benitez spoke-out to defend his striker  

Richarlison’s seething tantrum after Dominic Calvert-Lewin took Everton’s penalty against Brighton doesn’t bother Rafa Benitez, who loves his forward’s hunger. 

The Toffees were already 1-0 up when Seamus Coleman was tripped inside the box at the Amex Stadium on Saturday, and Richarlison was quick to grab the ball. 

Calvert-Lewin buried his spot-kick in the draw with Leeds last weekend, and Benitez kept the Englishman as his designated taker for Saturday. So, Calvert-Lewin wanted that ball. 

Dominic Calvert-Lewin had to wrestle the ball off his team-mate Richarlison for his penalty 

Richarlison had to be handled by team-mates Seamus Coleman, Allan and Andros Townsend

Calvert-Lewin got the ball and buried his third goal of the season, as Richarlison fumed

Eventually the Brazilian was coaxed into handing it over, with Coleman and Andros Townsend pulling their raging team-mate away.

Calvert-Lewin buried the spot-kick to make it three goals from three games at the start of the Premier League season. The thunderous expression on Richarlison’s face remained as the players jogged back, and Benitez sought to clear-up the situation. 

‘We had a conversation before the match and I told them that if we had two penalties, the first one is Dominic and the second one is Richarlison,’ Benitez said.

‘Richarlison wants to score goals, it’s normal, but I’m pleased we won and that Dominic scored. And everyone has to be happy with that.’ 

Toffees manager Rafa Benitez wasn’t concerned by the clash between his two star strikers 

Calvert-Lewin has three goals for the season and Everton look in-place for a strong season

The Brazilian scored Everton’s first goal of the season against Southampton but hasn’t added to his tally in the subsequent matches, so he’s starving for more. 

Richarlison pulled a similar stunt last season, trying to nick a spot-kick from Gylfi Sigurdsson. He watched in frustration as his team-mate scored that day too.  

Everton have made a strong start despite their internal bickering, sitting joint-top alongside Chelsea, Liverpool and West Ham.

Benitez was an unpopular appointment at Goodison after his success at Liverpool during his last spell on Merseyside, but he’s turning perception around because ‘I know what scousers want’. 

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