Inter Milan striker Alexis Sanchez admits struggling while interpreting the Number 9 role for Chile.
The 34-year-old spent the vast majority of his playing career either playing as an offensive winger or a second striker.
This morning, the veteran led the line for the Chilean national team, acting as a centre-forward in the 4-2-3-1 formation.
The Chileans secured their first win in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers, beating Peru 2-0. They have now raised their tally to four points from three fixtures.
But after playing the entire match as a target man, Sanchez insists the Number 9 role is far from being his preferred playing position.
“It was important to win against a difficult opponent, we are doing things well and it showed. We deserved the three points,” said the experienced star in his post-match interview with ESPN via FcInterNews.
“We must continue to grow as a team. I feel good, apart from the fact that you are used to seeing me play in front of the goal.
Inter Milan Striker Alexis Sanchez Reveals The Hardships Of Featuring As Number 9 Following Chile Victory
“Anyone who understands football knows that playing with my back to the goal and against a closed defense is difficult, especially for me who’s not a natural Number 9.
“However, I try to help the team and it’s important to know how to play in this position.”
The Inter star then turned his attention to Chile’s next opponent Venezuela who have secured a surprising draw against Brazil.
“Venezuela drew 1-1 with Brazil, this shows how difficult it will be against them. Qualifiers are always complicated.
“This time we will have to work hard. They are a young group with a lot of desire.”