Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez has spoken about the highly charged Copa America quarter-final tie between Chile and Uruguay after he was given some harsh treatment during the encounter, the Daily Mail reports.
Alexis was on the end of some rough challenges, which eventually resulted in Jorge Fucile’s red card as Uruguay went down to nine men.
He later revealed that the Uruguay players were constantly threatening him throughout the game, warning Alexis that he should expect some heavy challenges.
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“They like to fight, argue, go forward all out; one player told me in the first half ‘Move you wimp’ but then later he said to me: ‘I am sorry’,” Alexis was quoted as saying in the publication.
“He said to me, ‘That’ll do, I kicked the s*** out of you’. And I said, ‘Alright but you could have caused an injury and that’s not what football’s about’.”
Alexis is a player who’s used to being on the receiving end of some borderline challenges due to the nature of his game, and it’s one of the qualities which has allowed him to adapt so quickly to the Premier League.
Those who analyse his game will also notice that he’s mastered the art of evading any heavy challenges to minimise the effect. Hopefully he gets a chance to rest as he prepares for a semi-final clash against Bolivia or Peru, as Alexis will certainly be in need of a relaxing break ahead of our new Premier League campaign.