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Richarlison reveals the confrontation he had with Antonio Conte

Richarlison has opened up about his relationship with Antonio Conte, acknowledging that he directly addressed the former Tottenham Hotspur manager regarding his limited playing time last season.

Despite joining Tottenham for a significant fee of £50 million, the Brazilian striker Richarlison struggled to find his scoring form during his debut season at the club. Richarlison only managed to score one goal in 27 Premier League appearances in the 2022/23 season and found it challenging to adapt to Conte’s tactical approach at the time.

During an interview on Desimpedidos, Richarlison and his teammate Emerson Royal discussed how the striker’s frustrations with Conte’s tactics reached a tipping point before a game last season.

Richarlison explains his verbal argument with Antonio Conte

“[Richarlison] arrived late at the meeting on the day of the game, and the guy [Conte] said ‘do you have something to say to the team? Do you want to apologise to the team?” Emerson explained. “He asked the other guys who had arrived late too, the guys said ‘no, just sorry’, then I don’t know what got into [Richarlison].

“He was supposed to apologise to the group and to [Conte], right? Then he said ‘ah, I think I need more minutes [of gametime]’. I think he understood it that the guy asked if he had anything, something to talk about, then he started saying that the formation we played in was [swears]. He said a couple of things.”

“Richarlison continued the full-back’s story, adding: “I came out saying everything that came to mind. ‘I need more minutes’, ‘this formation is no good’, ‘I didn’t adapt’, ‘this formation is [swears]’.

“And I started talking, then the guys behind started laughing and I said what am I doing here? I didn’t understand what he had asked, I started saying what I had already rehearsed.”

Following Antonio Conte’s departure and the appointment of Ange Postecoglou at Spurs, Richarlison’s goal-scoring form has seen a remarkable turnaround. Despite only scoring one Premier League goal last season, the Brazilian striker has already netted ten times in 22 appearances during the 2023/24 campaign.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.


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