Chile boss Juan Antonio Pizzi was full of praise for match-winner Alexis Sanchez after he shrugged off fitness doubts to score two goals in their 3-1 win over Uruguay.
The Arsenal star was an injury doubt going into the game having missed the World Cup qualifier with Colombia due to an injury picked up in training.
While Chile had insisted Sanchez was fit to play there was concern from his club with manager Arsene Wenger insisting it would be a “suicidal” decision to play Sanchez.
However, the Arsenal star started the game and put in a match-winning display before being substituted late on to a standing ovation as Chile saw off Luis Suarez and Co.
Speaking after the game Pizzi took time out to praise his striker who, thankfully, appears to have come through the match unscathed.
“Individuals speak for themselves,” Pizzi said according to Standard Sport after the game.
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“Alexis is among the best players in the world. [But] I am more in favour of emphasising the strengths of the group. And it is what allowed us to turn the game.
“We value individuality, but I think today the great merit of reversing the outcome is based solely on the collective.
“Everyone understands how to solve things by doing it together. Sometimes a few stand out as Claudio, Eduardo, Alexis…”
While all at Arsenal will have understandably been concerned by Sanchez starting the game against Uruguay his performance certainly suggested he was not struggling for fitness.
The Chilean is now on his way back to London but whether he will be fit enough to feature against Manchester United on Saturday lunchtime remains to be seen.