Tottenham Hotspur forward Richarlison launched a frustrated tirade at manager Antonio Conte over his lack of minutes following the club’s exit from the Champions League.
Spurs were beaten 1-0 by AC Milan on aggregate in their last-16 clash, with a goalless draw in North London on Wednesday sealing the club’s fate.
It has been a difficult week for the club, who were dumped out of the FA Cup by Sheffield United last week before a 1-0 loss to Wolves allowed Liverpool to close the gap in the race for the top four.
Richarlison joined the club from Everton for £60m in the summer but has had a difficult first season so far. The forward’s only goals for the club have come in the Champions League. He has netted just twice in 25 appearances and is still waiting for his first Premier League goal since his summer move.
A frustrated Richarlison told TNT Sports (via ESPN Brasil): “I had two wins against West Ham and Chelsea and all of a sudden he benched me. Against Wolves he played me for five minutes, I asked why and they didn’t tell me anything.”
“Yesterday he asked me to do a test at the training ground, he said if I did well he’d play me, and when the match came he benched me. These things are not understandable.
“He didn’t explain anything. Let’s see what he says tomorrow. You don’t have an idiot here, I’m a professional, I work every day and I want to play. I need more minutes. The season is, sorry for the word, is s***.
“Why do I not get minutes? I got a small injury, but when I’m on the pitch I give my life. I came from two good games, especially against Chelsea where I played the 90 minutes and won a match. There’s not much to discuss, I should have played.”
Richarlison admitted he has yet to live up to his price tag and is keen to find some form in front of goal as Spurs seek to finish in the top four.
“Focus on those matches that are left. Scoring as many goals as I can, because the club paid a lot for me and so far I haven’t matched that on the pitch,” he continued of what his goals are for the remainder of the season.
“Of course injuries have set me back a little, I needed to play more minutes too, but now I’m going home, to rest, tomorrow we have training early, and let’s see if they put me in the starting XI for the next match.”