‘Alexis wasn’t fully fit but I played him anyway’, says Chile manager

Chile manager Jorge Sampaoli has risked the wrath of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger after admitting he played Alexis Sanchez against Brazil even though he wasn’t fully fit.

Sanchez has been influential for both club and country in recent months and scored as Chile claimed their first victory over Brazil in 15 years.

Despite his goal, Sampaoli admitted after the game that the former Barcelona forward wasn’t fully fit.

“Alexis arrived not at his top form, with pain in the adductor.

“He couldn’t play at 100% but we thought that for us him not playing was to give too much advantage to our rivals because his presence in our team makes things difficult for our opponents.”

Chile play against Peru in Lima on Wednesday while Arsenal welcome Bayern Munich to the Emirates in less than a fortnight’s time.

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4 years ago

Will you be kind enough to leave him out of the Peru match Mr Sampaoli, please? That wont be asking too much, will it? After all you are one over the ‘mighty’ Brazil. Alexis himself would not have sat out that Brazil match even with one leg, but Peru?…..Well, no pun intended.

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