Alexis Sanchez could well have effectively ended his time at Inter with his rash sending-off against Liverpool in yesterday’s Champions League round of sixteen second leg.
This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, who suggest that the Chilean will have compromised his place at the Nerazzurri with his avoidable moment of madness to set his team back.
Sanchez was handed the start in attack ahead of Edin Dzeko, and the 33-year-old helped the team put in a composed and confident display in the first half at Anfield, though his half was marred by a yellow card for a late challenge on Thiago Alcantara for which he could well have seen red.
Given the tightrope that he was already walking after that incident, it was inexplicable to see Sanchez go in with another late tackle on Fabinho, for which the risk of a second booking was always high.
The red card would have been damaging in any circumstances, but coming moments after the goal that halved the deficit and gave the team’s confidence a lift that they could pull off the comeback, it was devastating.
Now, Sanchez’s future at Inter looks to be in more doubt than ever, with the possibility of a departure during the summer transfer window seriously looming.