Richarlison's assessment of his debut season at Tottenham was correct in the eyes of Antonio Conte.
The Brazilian forward caused a stir following Spurs' Champions League exit at the hands of AC Milan, describing the campaign as "s***".
Richarlison, who is yet to score for the north London side in the Premier League, was also perceived to have questioned Conte's management amid growing pressure on the Italian.
The Tottenham boss does not see it that way, however, believing the comments were not a direct criticism of him, while agreeing with Richarlison's views on his campaign.
However, he also feels the former Everton man made a mistake when referencing himself rather than the team as a collective.
"He didn't criticise me. He said his season was s***and he's right. His season has been not good," he told a press conference.
"He had injuries, played and scored in the Champions League and then went to the World Cup and then had a serious injury. He's scored no goals for us.
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"I think he was really honest to say his season was not good. His season has not finished yet. If he deserves to play, I'll give him the opportunity.
"For the rest of the interview, I think he made a mistake. When you speak of 'I' and not 'us' you are being selfish. I say to my players if we want to build something important and win a trophy we have to speak with 'we' not with 'I', because otherwise you're thinking of yourself.
"He made a mistake and he apologised and it was good for me to clarify with the team again about this. In this aspect we have to improve. We have to be more of a team and show more spirit positive, especially in negative moments."