Alexis Sanchez deserves credit for not letting his relative lack of game-time at Inter affect his performances, according to a report in the Italian media.
Libero, via FcInter1908.it, argued Sanchez was almost as important for Inter in Sunday’s victory at Torino as Lautaro Martinez, with the pair combining for the late winning goal.
The Chilean has now scored five goals and provided six assists in Serie A this season, a decent contribution for someone who rarely gets the chance to start.
“Sanchez says he feels like a caged lion because he wants to start every match,” the report explained.
“But when he comes on in the final few minutes he doesn’t sulk.
“On the contrary, when Inter need to manage a lead he protects the ball and wins fouls, and if they need a goal he creates confusion and chances in the opposition box.”
Sanchez was heavily linked with a departure from Inter during the final week of the January transfer window, when Roma offered them a loan swap involving Edin Dzeko.
The former Manchester United forward ultimately stayed put but he has re-focused his mind and ensured he remained an extra option for Antonio Conte in attack.
In addition to his match-winning assist at Torino, Sanchez has also helped Inter secure wins in their last four games over Genoa and Parma, scoring in both matches.