Inter Milan striker Alexis Sanchez received praise of the highest order from his compatriot Arturo Vidal following his second-half cameo against Real Sociedad.

Vidal represented some of the biggest clubs in Europe during his heyday. However, his stint with a Nerazzurri (between 2020 and 2022) was rather disappointing.

The 36-year-old currently plies his trade at Athletico Paranaense in the Brazilian Serie A. Nonetheless, he apparently keeps an eye on Inter, particularly on his longtime Chile teammate Alexis Sanchez.

The latter made a great impact while coming off the bench in Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Real Sociedad.

Alexis operated as a playmaker behind the two forwards. His introduction added a flair that was sorely missing and started a late uprising. This culminated in a precious equalizer from club captain Lautaro Martinez.

Arturo Vidal Heaps Praise On Alexis Sanchez, Pinpointing Him As The Only Inter Milan Star Who Can Create Something Different

Therefore, Vidal believes Sanchez should always start for Inter, as he’s the only one who can offer something different on the pitch for Simone Inzaghi’s club.

“Alexis is different.  We can clearly notice his positive influence when he comes in,” said the former Juventus, Bayern Munich and Barcelona midfielder in an interview with RedGol via FcInter1908.

“The face of the team changed when he came in against Sociedad. He’s the only player at the club who thinks, knows how to make the pass, and can bring the ball forward.

“The Inter players know that when Alexis has the ball, they must run, because he can place it wherever he wants.

“He is the only one at the club who knows how to turn, who has something extra. The others are like robots, they only do what they have to do.

“When Alexis is fit, he must always play. He’s a great player.”