Richarlison Boldly Calls out Antonio Conte in Scathing Interview

Richarlison Boldly Calls out Antonio Conte in Scathing Interview

Rene Otinga
March 9, 2023 at 9:35 AM
  • Tottenham star Richarlison openly expressed frustration at constantly being left on the bench by Antonio Conte
  • The 25-year old boldly declared he “did not understand” some of Conte’s choices
  • Spurs crashed out of the Champions League last 16 after losing 1-0 on aggregate to AC Milan

Richarlison has come out with a daring criticism of his manager Antonio Conte as he lamented on what he claims has been a poor season.

The North Londoners crashed out of the Champions League on Wednesday, March 8, after being held to a 0-0 draw at home by AC Milan, who proceeded to the next round 1-0 on aggregate.

Richarlison, who started for Spurs in the wins over West Ham and Chelsea, came on in the last 20 minutes against Milan yesterday but could not inspire his side to a comeback.

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Tottenham Hotspur Manager Antonio Conte reacts during the Champions League round of 16 leg two match between Tottenham and AC Milan at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on March 8, 2023. Photo by Fantasista
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His major highlight however came after the game when he did an explosive post-match interview with TNT Sports Brazil which has since been translated to English.

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“That's what I didn't understand, too (being a substitute). It was going well, in a good sequence, two wins against West Ham and Chelsea. The former Everton man said as per ESPN Brazil.
“Suddenly, he (Cristian Stellini) put me on the bench, against Wolverhampton he put me on for five minutes. I asked why? They didn't tell me anything.
'Let's see what he (Conte) will say tomorrow, but there are no fools here either, I'm a professional, I work every day and I want to play. There are minutes left, time left.”

Richarlison at Tottenham

Since making the summer move from Everton for £60m, it has proven to be a frustrating season for the Brazilian so far as a North Londoner.

A mixture of injuries and inconsistent form has meant Richarlison is unable to cement a permanent place in the starting XI, and he is yet to find the net in the Premier League this season.

How the game went

As far as the Wednesday game was concerned, Tottenham lacked the cutting edge going forward as Milan completely shut them out with a sturdy defensive performance.

Milan keeper Mike Maignan was at some point tested by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s powerful shot in the second half, while Harry Kane headed painfully wide as Spurs were comfortably kept out by the Italians.

The visitors also had chances of their own as former Liverpool man Divock Origi struck the post.

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