Although he had previously commented on Richarlison's statements in which he publicly confirmed his dissatisfaction with minutes, Antonio Conte once again spoke about this topic and explained in detail; “Don't forget that Richarlison started the season really well and after three [or] four games he started to play regularly,” Conte told reporters.
“He played well but he didn't score, only in the Champions League, but he was many times in the starting line-up.
Then he had a serious injury and the guy was really scared to lose his World Cup place, then he recovered and then he got another serious injury in the World Cup.
He came back after the World Cup and then stayed one month to recover and then he struggled a bit. He had other problems physically, but I repeat, the coach is not so stupid. All the coaches are not so stupid. They start their best players.
They don't care if it's Richarlison, [Harry] Kane, Son, Lucas [Moura], [Dejan] Kulusevski or [Arnaut] Danjuma, we want to win. I have to take the right decision."- Antonio Conte said, as quoted by eurosport.com
Antonio Conte and Richarlison
The most important thing for the Italian is that the team plays well, and he needs players who are ready at a certain moment.
It is obvious that Richarlison's injury affected Antonio Conte's decisions. “We needed to get points and we need to win in every game. I understand that if you speak to every player they want to play every game, even when they're tired.
It's not fair this because I repeat, you have to take the best decision.
If the player is tired, he wants to play, and then he gets an injury, then he's out and relaxed, but I'm out. In England, they think you have to have 11 strong players - you need 17, 18, and that's how you win. ”
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