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Champions League: Real reason I signed Richarlison – Tottenham coach, Antonio Conte

Tottenham Hotspur coach, Antonio Conte has said that the reason he signed Richarlison from Everton in the summer was that the forward could play in all three positions in the attack line.

Conte said this while praising Richarlison for helping Tottenham Hotspur to beat Marseille 2-0 in Wednesday’s Champions League tie.

Richarlison made his Champions League debut as he scored a brace to give Spurs a vital win over Marseille.

“First of all, I am happy for Richy because he deserved to have a night like this,” Conte said at his post-match press conference.

“I remember very well when we signed him he said I can’t wait to play and listen to the Champions League music. Not many words but important words for me.

“Today, this morning, I remembered him and said, “Richy, I remember what you say. Tonight you have this opportunity and chance. Enjoy this moment and try your best”. He did his best and helped us get three points in a difficult game because Marseille is a really good team.

“We signed Richy because we tried to sign a player that was able to play in all three positions. For this reason, we hadn’t had any doubts about signing him. We did this quickly because our idea and vision was very clear, especially for this reason.

“Richy is more of a striker than Deki (Dejan Kulusevski), but at the same time, he can play in Son’s position, Harry Kane’s position and Deki’s position. For us, this is very important because, for sure, when you make a rotation, you don’t drop the quality,” he added.

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