Manchester United’s Alexis Sanchez has returned to his best form whilst on international duty with Chile at the Copa America. Here is an update on how he’s fared in the spotlight once again.
This year’s Copa America presented Alexis Sanchez with an opportunity to forget about another disappointing campaign at club level and try to turn his attention towards a third consecutive title with his national side.
However, he would have felt some pressure coming off the back of a poor season at United. But it seems so far he has managed to handle it.
In Group C, the third group of three, Chile started their Copa America campaign in the best possible way, thumping Japan 4-0. Sanchez started the match on the left-wing and sealed the three points with the third goal in the 82nd minute.
Five days later, last Saturday, Chile were in action again but this time faced Ecuador. La Roja took the lead in the eighth minute until Enner Valencia levelled things up before the half-hour mark.
With a tricky last group fixture against Uruguay on the horizon, a win was vital for Chile and they needed their big players to step up, and they did. Charles Aránguiz cross came in from the right and ready waiting at the back post was Sanchez. He took the shot first time, on the half volley and it looped over the keeper and into the far corner.
The win confirmed Chile’s qualification to the quarterfinals and all that was left to play for in the last match against Uruguay was top spot. Unfortunately, an Edison Cavani goal, eight minutes from time secured the win for the World Cup quarter-finalists.
Sanchez and his teammates had to settle for second place in Group C meaning they will come up against Colombia in this year’s quarterfinals.
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Why Sanchez plays better for Chile than Manchester United?
I think people underestimate the mental side of the game and how that affects performance. Alexis Sanchez was outstanding for Arsenal and fans, rightly so, were very excited when he signed for United.
However, since arriving at Old Trafford, Sanchez has found himself in a rut where he is so low on confidence he can’t produce the same standards as he did at the Gunners. For Chile, he can. And it’s because he feels more comfortable. This was apparent after the win against Ecuador.
“I twisted my ankle, I kept playing for the love I have for this national team. When I play for my country, I’m always playing happy.” [Express]
Hopefully, Sanchez can continue his rich vein of form throughout the Copa America and return to United in a confident mood ahead of the new season.