Real Madrid vs Liverpool, Man City vs RB Leipzig, Fulham vs Arsenal, Leicester vs Chelsea, and Napoli vs Atalanta headline our list of must-watch games.

Top games to watch this week

Friday, March 10

Cádiz vs Getafe (La Liga)

Spezia vs Inter (Serie A)

Porto vs Estoril (Primeira Liga)

Köln vs Bochum (Bundesliga)

Lille vs Lyon (Ligue !)

Puebla vs Guadalajara (Liga MX)

Saturday, March 11

Bournemouth vs Liverpool (English Premier League)

Leicester vs Chelsea (English Premier League) 

Tottenham vs Nottingham (English Premier League)

Crystal Palace vs Man City (English Premier League)

Real Madrid vs Espanyol (La Liga)

Napoli vs Atalanta (Serie A)

Bayern vs Augsburg (Bundesliga)

Schalke 04 vs Eintracht Frankfurt (Bundesliga)

Brest vs PSG (Ligue 1)

New York City vs Inter Miami (MLS)

Sporting KC vs LA Galaxy (MLS)

Philadelphia Union vs Chicago Fire (MLS)

Cruz Azul vs Pumas UNAM (Liga MX)

Tigres UANL vs América (Liga MX)

Sunday, March 12

Fulham vs Arsenal  (English Premier League)

Manchester United vs Southampton (English Premier League) 

Newcastle vs Wolves (English Premier League)

Villarreal vs Real Betis (La Liga)

Athletic vs Barcelona (La Liga)

Roma vs Sassuolo (Serie A)

Juventus vs Sampdoria (Serie A)

Marítimo vs Benfica (Primeira Liga)

Sporting vs Boavista (Primeira Liga)

Marseille vs Strasbourg (Ligue 1)

Pachuca vs Monterrey (Liga MX)

Los Angeles FC vs New England (MLS)

Monday, March 13

Girona vs Atlético Madrid (La Liga)

Milan vs Salernitana (Serie A)

Famalicao vs Casa Pía (Primeira Liga)

Tuesday, March 14

Manchester City vs RB Leipzig (UEFA Champions League)

Porto vs Inter (UEFA Champions League)

Austin FC vs Violette AC (CONCACAF Champions League)

Philadelphia Union vs Alianza (CONCACAF Champions League)

Atlas vs Olimpia (CONCACAF Champions League)

Wednesday, March 15

Real Madrid vs Liverpool (UEFA Champions League))

Napoli vs Eintracht Frankfurt (UEFA Champions League)

Real España vs Vancouver Whitecaps (CONCACAF Champions League)

Orlando City vs Tigres UANL (CONCACAF Champions League)

Los Angeles FC vs Alajuelense (CONCACAF Champions League)

Istanbul Basaksehir vs Gent (UEFA Europa Conference League)

Thursday, March 16

Ferencvaros vs Bayer Leverkusen (UEFA Europa League)

Arsenal vs Sporting CP (UEFA Europa League)

Real Sociedad vs Roma (UEFA Europa League)

Freiburg vs Juventus (UEFA Europa League)

Fenerbahce vs Sevilla (UEFA Europa League)

Real Betis vs Manchester United (UEFA Europa League)

Feyenoord vs Shakhtar Donetsk (UEFA Europa League)

West Ham vs AEK Larnaca (UEFA Europa Conference League)

Villarreal vs Anderlecht (UEFA Europa Conference League)

Sivasspor vs Fiorentina (UEFA Europa Conference League)

AZ vs Lazio (UEFA Europa Conference League)

Pachuca vs Motagua (CONCACAF Champions League)

León vs Tauro (CONCACAF Champions League)

Most-watched soccer games in the USA: February 27-March 5, 2023

The viewership numbers for soccer matches aired in the USA between February 27 and March 5 are in, and to no one's surprise, Liga MX claimed two of the top spots. However, the no.1 slot did not go to the Mexican top flight. Instead, it was the Premier League that earned the crown for the most-watched game last week.

The podium was seized by — surprise, surprise — the Liverpool vs Manchester United showdown on Sunday. Just under one million people tuned in to USA Network's broadcast as Salah and Co. marched to a historic 7-0 victory, handing the Red Devils their worst-ever defeat in Premier League history.

The Red Devils weren't the only iconic team to suffer heartbreak over the weekend. Club America played hosts to Pachuca on Saturday but Liga MX's most successful side suffered a 3-0 home defeat, with 929,000 fans tuning in to Univision to catch this result.

Wrapping things up is Guadalajara's showdown with Santos Laguna. Chivas triumphed 2-0 to keep up pace with leaders Monterrey and Tigres UANL thanks to goals from Guzman and Beltran. However, this tie was aired on Telemundo, with over 700,00 viewers catching the action.

Most Watched Games, USA, February 27, March 5,  Guadalajara, Pachuca, Club America, Santos Laguna, Manchester United, Liverpool, Liga MX, English Premier League

What are this week's must-watch games?

Leicester vs Chelsea live this Saturday at 10 a.m. ET on USA Network, UNIVERSO, UNIVERSO NOW, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, and the NBC Sports App

Chelsea's slump has temporarily ceased but Graham Potter's men will be put to test once again this weekend when they face Leicester. The Blues enter this tie on the back of a two-game winning streak, beating Leeds 1-0 last Saturday before triumphing 2-0 over Dortmund to qualify for the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals. The Foxes, on the other hand, beat North London heavyweights Tottenham 4-1 in mid-February but have lost the four games that followed that victory. However, while Brendan Rodgers' men are hovering dangerously close to the relegation zone, Leicester are a side that can beat anyone.

Leicester, Chelsea, English Premier League, Broadcast Listings 

Napoli vs Atalanta live this Saturday at 12 p.m. ET exclusively on Paramount+

Serie A leaders Napoli are back in action this Saturday as the Scudetto chasers look to bounce back from their 1-0 loss to Lazio last time around. Additionally, Spalletti's men have the midweek UEFA Champions League round of 16 showdown with Eintracht Frankfurt on their mind as they look to secure their ticket to the quarterfinals. Atalanta, meanwhile, are sixth in the table and have won only once in their last five league games. As a result, this is a must-win game for La Dea in their race to qualify for the UEFA Champions League or Europa League.

Fulham vs Arsenal live this Sunday at 9 a.m. exclusively on Peacock

Premier League leaders Arsenal headline Sunday's list of fixtures as the Gunners travel to fellow London side Fulham. This comes after the North London giants' dramatic 3-2 comeback win over Bournemouth, with Reiss Nelson scoring the winner with the last kick of the game. However, since then, Arteta's men traveled to Sporting CP for the UEFA Europa League round of 16 and drew 2-2 after a shaky performance from their backline. Will seventh-placed Fulham dent Arsenal's title hopes or will Saka and Co. complete the league double over the Cottagers? Don't miss this tie.

Fulham, Arsenal, Broadcast Listings, English Premier League 

Real Madrid vs Liverpool live this Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET on Paramount+, Univision, Univision NOW, VIX+, TUDN USA, and the TUDN App

And the standout game of our entire list is this midweek's UEFA Champions League showdown between Real Madrid and Liverpool as the Merseyside giants look to pull off a remarkable comeback at the Bernabeu in order to make the quarterfinals. Jurgen Klopp's men infamously lost the first leg 5-2 at Anfield, their worst home defeat in Europe. However, with Salah and Co. recently thrashing in-form Manchester United 7-0, expect the Reds to give it their all against the reigning champions of Europe.

Real Madrid, Liverpool, UEFA Champions League, Broadcast Listings

Elsewhere, Manchester City will host RB Leipzig in the second leg of their round of 16 match-up. The 1st leg ended in a 1-1 draw, which means everything will be decided at the Etihad Stadium. In the UEFA Europa League, Arsenal will host Sporting CP after drawing 2-2 in Portugal and will look to put their home advantage to good use. Meanwhile, Juventus and Roma, who beat Freiburg and Real Sociedad respectively, will also aim to book their quarterfinal tickets.

This week in women's football, March 10, March 16, FA Women's Super League, D1 Feminine, Frauen Bundesliga, Primera Division Espanola

The title races in several women's soccer leagues are starting to heat up, including in Germany and France, while in England, fans will be treated to a big match between two teams sitting in the top three, and in Spain, things could get very interesting depending on the outcome of results after this weekend's matches.

Here's all you need to know ahead of the upcoming week in the world of women's soccer. 

D1 Féminine

Matchday 16 of the 2022/23 D1 Féminine season kicks off with a doubleheader on Friday, as third-placed Paris welcome fifth-placed Montpellier, followed by Fleury, who sit in fourth, traveling to face current league leaders Lyon. Depending on the outcome of results, this weekend could see Lyon and PSG swap places, especially if the former fail to win against Fleury on Friday and the latter, who are still unbeaten so far this term with 12 wins and three draws, pick up all three points against Reims on Sunday.

With just one point separating Lyon and PSG, it looks set to be a closely contested battle between Lyon, who are the most successful side in French women's football with 15 titles so far, and PSG, who have won it once, with their last triumph being during the 2020/21 campaign.

Frauen Bundesliga

In Germany, Wolfsburg's shock 2-1 defeat to Hoffenheim last weekend could have major repercussions on this season's title race. Prior to Saturday's match, die Wölfinnen were the only unbeaten side in the Frauen-Bundesliga, with 12 wins from their first 12 games, but it seems like 13 truly was an unlucky number for Germany's most successful side in women's football.

Now, they are just two points clear of Bayern Munich, who will get matchday 14 underway with a home match against struggling Duisburg. If Bayern win their game on Friday, they will leapfrog Wolfsburg into the top spot by a point, putting further pressure on the reigning title-holders to get things back on track when they face Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday.

At the opposite end of the table, Turbine Potsdam, who have lost all but one of their 13 matches this season, are losing the battle against time to avoid the drop. They will wrap up matchday 14 on Sunday as they welcome Köln, another team who have had a torrid time this season and despite sitting on 11 points, are still in danger of relegation to the 2.Bundesliga.

Primera División Española (Liga F)

Moving on to Spain, Barcelona, who are hoping to win their eighth title this season, continue to lead the way with a five-point advantage over the chasing pack. The Blaugrana have won all 20 of their matches so far but could face a tricky test against a Levante side who have been in excellent form as well. In fact, Levante, who will be hosting Barcelona on Saturday, have earned 50 points and have won 16 games so far, losing just twice - one being a 2-1 reversal to Barcelona earlier this season.

Real Madrid have not given up hope of catching Barcelona at the top of the table, and Las Blancas, who sit in the second spot with 55 points - five behind the Blaugrana - will look to narrow that gap as they travel to face Atletico Madrid in a Madrid Derby on Sunday, March 12th.

FA Women's Super League

An intriguing clash is on the cards as Chelsea and Manchester United lock horns on Sunday. The Red Devils come into this match having cruised to a 5-1 win over Leicester, while the Blues earned a 3-1 victory against Brighton in their mid-week make-up game. Just one point separates the two sides, with the Red Devils sitting on top of the table, albeit the Blues still have one game in hand.

Manchester City, who are in second place and just three points behind United, will aim to continue applying pressure on the league leaders when they face Brighton on the road just a few hours after the Chelsea-Manchester United tie. Later on Sunday, struggling Tottenham, who are just three points away from the drop zone, will need to regroup from their 3-1 loss to City as they travel to Liverpool's home ground. Like Tottenham, the Reds have not had the best season so far, and they come into this match having lost 2-0 versus Arsenal midweek.

Tottenham will also be in action on March 15th in a clash against relegation-threatened Leicester. Expect that game to be a gritty scrap for points between two teams who will be hoping not to be featured in the Championship next season.

Arsenal, for their part, will be looking to start building up some positive momentum following their midweek victory over Liverpool as they face Reading on Sunday. Prior to Wednesday's win, Arsenal were on a three-game winless streak in the Women's Super League.

Didn't find your favorite women's league on this list? No worries, as this is just a highlight of some of the exciting games coming up this week. Make sure to check out our bespoke Women's Soccer Page here at for full broadcast info, match updates, news, and more.  

Major League Soccer - Full preview and details ahead of Matchweek 3

Major League Soccer fans have seen their favorite teams play for a couple of weeks now, and things promise to get even better when the next batch of games begins.

Inter Miami, Seattle Sounders, St. Louis SC, and New England are the only teams in the league with two wins after two matches, with St. Louis' case being quite interesting, as they are enjoying their maiden season in the league and won their matches with equally woeful performances by their rivals' defenders, who gifted the team with similar goals in consecutive weeks. Now, it will be interesting to see if the expansion team can carry on with their momentum and add a third win in a row.

Speaking of the defending champions, Los Angeles FC will come into this game after a busy week, which saw them win their first match of the campaign while also making a trip to face Alajuelense in the CONCACAF Champions League. Needless to say, fans will be waiting to see if the amount of games played during their first weeks of action does not carry a negative effect on their hopes of winning one more title.

Here are the main issues to keep an eye on for the third week of action in the North American league.

How to watch Matchweek 3 in the 2023 MLS season?

Fans in the U.S. and Canada will be able to watch select games on regular TV networks. The first one of those will be Charlotte vs Atlanta United, which will get things going on Matchweek 3. Another match set to be available on TV will be Nashville vs CF Montreal. Added to that, four more matches will be streamed free of charge on Apple TV. The rest of this week's matches will be available to be streamed in over 100 countries via MLS Season Pass. 

Top news of the week in Major League Soccer

Five MLS teams make debut in CONCACAF Champions League with mixed results

The start of the continental tournament for MLS clubs did not bring much good news. Austin FC were slammed in Haiti with a 3-0 defeat against Violette AC, while Orlando City were able to earn a goalless draw against 20202 CCL winners Tigres UANL in Mexico. Earlier on Tuesday, Philadelphia Union returned from their trip to El Salvador with a goalless draw as well. The best result for a Major League Soccer club came via the Vancouver Whitecaps, who defeated Real España 5-0 on Wednesday.

The last game of the continental competition featuring a Major League Soccer team took place on Thursday, and defending MLS champions LAFC claimed a convincing three-nil win away from home against Alajuelense. The return leg, which should not represent any problems for the black and gold, will be held next week.

Robert Taylor earns Goal of the Matchday with effort vs Philadelphia

There was hardly any debate on who the winner of the best goal of the week should have been, as Robert Taylor's stunner against the Philadelphia Union was hard to overlook. 

The right-footed shot by the Finnish international earned quite a bit of praise, and some have even gone as far as to consider it a perfect contender for the Goal of the Season. Taylor's goal helped seal Inter Miami's second win of the season in their 2-0 victory over the Union last Saturday.

Portland Timbers agree two-year extension for Aljaz Ivacic

Coming off his best year in the MLS, Slovenian goalkeeper Aljaz Ivacic has been rewarded with a contract extension by the Portland Timbers. The 29-year-old shot-stopper kept several clean sheets last season, in what turned out to be the right move for the franchise after handing him first-choice duties. Ivacic is yet to play this season after picking up an injury during the team's preseason, but it will not take too long for Giovanni Savarese to hand him the No. 1 spot back as soon as he recovers.

For additional details regarding Major League Soccer's schedule, top scorers, and more, visit our bespoke MLS page here.

Biggest stories of the week

France SACK coach with just months to go until World Cup

In July, the ninth edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup will get underway, with 32 teams taking part in it for the first time. Among them will be France, who were knocked out in the quarter-finals four years ago and will naturally be hoping to improve on that performance this time around.

However, Les Bleues are currently in the midst of a major crisis. Last month, skipper Wendie Renard announced that she would not be taking part in the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup as she felt that the "current system [did not meet] requirements [expected] at the highest level [of football]".

Renard, who has earned over 140 caps for France during her time with the women's senior squad, was joined in the World Cup boycott by PSG's Marie-Antoinette Katoto, who has netted an impressive 26 goals in just 32 appearances, as well as Katoto's PSG colleague Kadidiatou Diani.

Many believed these players' decisions were based on the difficult relationship they, and others, have had with head coach Corinne Diacre over the years.

On March 8th, Diacre lashed out at the media, claiming that the press, in conjunction with France's football federation, were collaborating in a "smear campaign" against her and stated her intention to remain in charge.

Today, it was revealed that France have opted to sack Diacre. The 48-year-old has been in charge of the team since 2017, and has had a conflict-ridden tenure during her six years in charge. Notably, she caused a huge stir due to nasty spats with several of her players, including Renard and Katoto. In Renard's case, Diacre created negative buzz by opting to strip the Lyon defender of the captain's armband in 2017, while two years later, she received more criticism for refusing to call up Katoto, who had finished the season as the top goal-scorer in D1F, for the 2019 FIFA World Cup.

With a bit over four months to go, France will now need to move quickly to find a new manager - and will hope in doing so, convince key players like Renard and Katoto to reverse their decisions before the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup kicks off in July.

Bayern star Thomas Muller trolls Messi after eliminating PSG from the UEFA Champions League

Wednesday was another embarrassing day for PSG as the French giants crashed out of the UEFA Champions League on a whimper yet again, with Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller deciding to troll Lionel Messi following another frustrating European display from the Argentine.

The Ligue 1 leaders faced the reigning Bundesliga champions at the Allianz Arena for the 2nd leg of their round of 16 match-up, having lost the first tie 1-0 at the Parc des Princes.

The return leg didn't fare differently as Galtier's men fell to a 2-0 loss, thus crashing out via a 3-0 aggregate scoreline.

Messi, who struggled in both legs, was one of several players to be criticized after his lackluster performance against the Bavarians. The seven-time Ballon d'Or winner, who recently inspired Argentina to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, was unable to produce moments of magic for Les Parisiens when in need of a comeback.

And to make things worse, Muller, a player who has gone viral several times before due to how outspoken and frank he is, added insult to injury when talking about La Pulga in his post-match interview.

The 33-year-old, who was in a gleeful mood after being named Man of the Match, reminded everyone of Bayern Munich's brilliant record against Messi in this competition. Additionally, Muller contrasted this with how his team has fared against Cristiano Ronaldo, which might be seen as a hint at where his thoughts lie in the GOAT debate.

"Against Messi, things always go well at all levels in terms of results," Muller said, as per the Daily Mail.

"At club level, Cristiano Ronaldo was our problem when he was at Real Madrid. 

"But I have the greatest respect for Messi's World Cup performance. 

"Messi's individual performance at the World Cup was amazing. He carried the whole squad. 

"It's not so easy to play at a team like PSG. It's difficult to get a really good team balance."

This is the second year running in which PSG crashed out of the UEFA Champions League in the round of 16, which coincides with Messi's arrival in the French capital. Prior to that, Les Parisiens reached the final and semifinal stage in back-to-back seasons.

However, the biggest concern surrounds the club and how much they have lavishly spent on this unsuccessful project. Additionally, the future of Messi, Neymar, and Mbappe remains unknown, thus painting a bleak picture of what's to come.

Chelsea join elite list of teams following historic UCL night vs Dortmund

The stage was set and the team was ready, but their recent performances did not see fans getting too excited about Chelsea's future in the UEFA Champions League. Nonetheless, the Blues stepped up when they needed to and capped a deserved comeback in their tie against Borussia Dortmund while adding a bit of history to their accomplishment.

The Premier League side honored those who dubbed them as favorites with a convincing performance. In fact, if Chelsea's footballers had been more accurate, they could have won this tie by a wider margin.

Regardless of that, Graham Potter's team made it to one more quarterfinal round in the continental tournament, and while doing that, they managed to join some of the most dominant teams in the competition. With that scoreline, the Blues joined Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Juventus as the only teams in this competition to come back from a 1st-leg knockout stage defeat on five different occasions.

Chelsea's fate in the tournament will be sorted out next week when the rest of the round of 16 ties come to an end. Will the Blues manage to stun the world and go all the way to the final one more time? Let us wait and see what the draw holds in store for them.

SHOCKING! All the records set as Liverpool condemn Manchester United to heaviest-ever Premier League defeat

Liverpool delivered a stunning performance that left Manchester United in despair on Sunday night, condemning their fiercest rivals to their worst-ever defeat in the history of the Premier League. The Reds hit the Old Trafford outfit for seven, smashing several records in the process.

The defeat was a severe reality check for United, whose impressive form under manager Erik ten Hag recently saw them win the Carabao Cup. At Anfield on Sunday, the Red Devils were merely a shadow of themselves under the Dutch coach and were handed a harsh punishment for their inability to turn up to the party.

In retrospect, a different script could have unraveled had Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford properly utilized two good opportunities. However, Liverpool welcomed the lifeline handed to them by the inefficiency of the pair and were subsequently ruthless in dealing with the visitors.

Cody Gakpo instigated the onslaught with a well-placed finish on the stroke of half-time to put Liverpool in front and it was practically one-way traffic when Darwin Nunez got the Reds' second in the early minutes of the second half. Gakpo got his second of the night with a brilliant assist from Mohamed Salah before the Egyptian hit a stunning record-equalling volley to make it 4-0.

After Nunez made it 5-0 for the hosts, Salah proceeded to score his second goal of the game to become Liverpool's highest Premier League goalscorer with 129 goals, surpassing Robbie Fowler's record. To cap off a spectacular game for Liverpool, Roberto Firmino made it 7-0 from close range, firing Jurgen Klopp's men to fifth in the league table. At the moment, a top-four finish looks achievable for Klopp's charges who are now three points behind Tottenham Hotspur and have a game in hand.

Below are all the records set following Sunday night's big scoreline at Anfield:

  • Liverpool recorded their biggest-ever competitive win against Manchester United (7-0), surpassing their previous best which was set back in October 1895 (7-1 in the second tier).

  • Against Liverpool, Manchester United suffered their joint-heaviest ever competitive defeat, alongside 7-0 losses to Wolves in December 1931, Aston Villa in December 1930, and Blackburn Rovers in April 1926.

  • Manchester United's 7-0 defeat at Anfield was the heaviest of Erik ten Hag's managerial career.

  • The last time Man Utd suffered a defeat by a seven-goal margin was 7-0 at Wolves in December 1931 (in Division 1) It is the third time they have conceded seven goals in a game against Liverpool (1st time since 1908) but is the heaviest defeat of the three. 

  • Mohamed Salah's 129th Premier League goal for Liverpool took him past Robbie Fowler as Liverpool's all-time top goalscorer. 

  • Mohamed Salah (10) has scored the most Premier League goals against Manchester United in his career than any other opponent.

  • Mohamed Salah is the second player to score in five successive Premier League appearances vs Manchester Utd, after Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (for Leeds & Chelsea, 1998-2001).

  • Gakpo, Núñez, and Salah are the fourth trio in Premier League history to each score two or more goals in the same game, and the first since Cole, Yorke, and Solskjaer for Manchester United vs Nottingham Forest in February 1999.

Other key headlines from the world of soccer

Neymar ruled OUT for the rest of the season due to upcoming ankle surgery

After many weeks of speculation, it seems that Neymar has played his final game for PSG, and the end of his career will be as anti-climactic as most of his time with the French club has been.

Surrounded by rumors about his exit this summer, the Brazilian footballer will now be out for the rest of the season due to an ankle injury he picked up last month. While initial tests hinted that the player's recovery would only require physiotherapy, different tests by a number of doctors have revealed that the player's issues with his ankle will only be sorted out with surgery.

Neymar's issues with this ankle started in the FIFA World Cup, following some nasty tackling by Serbia's footballers.

Dortmund star Bellingham slams refereeing during his team's 2-0 loss to Chelsea

Controversy arose in the second half of Chelsea vs Dortmund after the Blues were given a penalty - and it didn't stop there. Due to the officials picking up encroachment by Salih Ozcan, Kai Havertz, who missed his first kick, was allowed to re-take it, and the German international successfully converted on his second attempt to give Potter's squad a vital 2-0 advantage which was enough to propel them into the quarter-finals 2-1 on aggregate.

Not surprisingly, Dortmund were left fuming with the decision, and Jude Bellingham, who, despite his young age, has emerged as a leader within the squad, was eager to express his annoyance on Chelsea both being given the penalty in the first place and Havertz being allowed to re-take it when interviewed post-match.

"From where I was, it was pretty close and I'm not sure what more [Marius Wolf] can do with [his] hands [when a ball is kicked at him like that]", the 19-year-old said to BT Sport.

"[But] I don't want to get in trouble, I've paid enough to them lot. That was disappointing and the fact they've had a retake is a joke. For every penalty, especially with a slow run-up [like that one], there's going to be people encroaching."

Tottenham Hotspur star hits out at Antonio Conte after Champions League exit

This season, Richarlison has struggled for playing time, managing only 12 starts out of his 25 games, failing to score in 17 Premier League games within that period. In an explosive post-match interview with TNT Sports Brazil following Tottenham's UEFA Champions League round of 16 exit at the hands of AC Milan, the Brazilian questioned Conte for not using him as a starter despite featuring in the recent wins over London rivals West Ham and Chelsea.

"That's what I didn't understand, too (being a substitute). It was going well, in a good sequence, two wins against West Ham and Chelsea.

"Suddenly, he (Cristian Stellini) put me on the bench, against Wolverhampton he put me on for five minutes. I asked why? They didn't tell me anything.

"And, yesterday, they asked me to take a test at the gym, that if I was good I would go to the game and, at the time of the game, they left me on the bench. These are things that it is not possible to understand.

"Let's see what he (Conte) will say tomorrow, but there are no fools here either, I'm a professional, I work every day and I want to play. There are minutes left, time left.

"This season, excuse the word, it's been s***, because I don't have minutes, I suffered a little with the injury. But, when I enter the field, I give my life. I came from two games well, I think that's it, I think I should have played and I don't have to cry about it."