Richarlison Slams Antonio Conte Following Tottenham Hotspur’s exit from the Champions League, the forward has criticized Conte for his lack of regular game time.
Richarlison started the games against West Ham United and Chelsea, but he was substituted out for the third time in a row in Wednesday’s goalless draw with AC Milan, which ended in a 1-0 aggregate loss.
“I’m a professional, I work every day and I want to play. I’m missing minutes, missing time,” Richarlison, who came on as a substitute in the 70th minute, said postmatch. “Apologies for the word but this season is s— because I don’t have minutes, I suffered a bit from injury, too.”
Since joining Tottenham in a £60 million exchange from Everton the previous summer, Richarlison has scored just two objectives in 25 appearances. He represented Brazil at the World Cup in Qatar, but he has struggled this season with calf and hamstring injuries.
He said his form had improved and is baffled by Conte’s team selection, adding: “I was on a good run, with two wins against West Ham and Chelsea, and suddenly he [Conte] put me on the bench. Against Wolves, he put me in five minutes. I asked why and they didn’t tell me anything.
“[On Tuesday] I was asked to take a test at the gym. He [Conte] told me that, if I was good, I would go to the game. When it was game time, he put me on the bench. These are things you can’t understand.
He stated, “The club paid dearly for me, and I haven’t responded on the pitch so far.” I was obviously hampered in some way by my injuries; let’s see if Conte puts me in the starting lineup for the next game.
“I will zero in on our next [Premier League] games and score however many objectives as could reasonably be expected.”
Prior to Saturday’s match against Nottingham Forest, Spurs, who were eliminated from the FA Cup in the fifth round with a 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United on March 1, are fourth in the Premier League.