‘Made me suffer’ – Inter Milan star admits he found it difficult under Antonio Conte

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Antonio Conte
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Inter Milan forward Alexis Sanchez has admitted that he found it difficult not playing regularly under Antonio Conte. 

Sanchez arrived at Inter in the summer of 2019 on a season-long loan deal from Manchester United following his struggles at Old Trafford before completing a permanent move to the San Siro on a free transfer 12 months later.

The Chilean’s stock has declined considerably since his Barcelona and Arsenal days but over recent weeks, he has started to show that he can be a useful weapon for Simone Inzaghi’s side.

The same cannot be said for Sanchez during the last two seasons though, where he was relegated to a bit-part role under Conte.

The 33-year-old came off the bench in the Supercoppa Italiana final against Juventus on Sunday and scored a late winner in extra time to help the Nerrazuri lift the trophy.

Speaking after the final, Sanchez admitted that he was desperate to do well against Juve and opened up on the disagreements he had with Conte.

He told Sport Mediaset: “Today, I was hungry to win. I was hoping to play after Lazio. I’m like a lion in a cage. If they let me play, I’m a monster. This is how matches are.

“The more you play, the better you are. I played with Lazio, I thought I’d play again tonight. But today I was hungry, I wanted to win something… I have never gone through a negative period, I just didn’t play. The more I play, the better I am.”

Speaking about Conte, Sanchez added: “He told me that no one was like me and that he would put me in [during] the last 15-minutes because I made a difference. 

“But I replied that he made me suffer, and that he should have put me first.”

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Given that Inter won the Scudetto after a decade last season, Sanchez certainly cannot have too many complaints about his lack of game time under Conte. Besides, Martinez and Lukaku were on fire for Inter last season and Conte was never going to disrupt their striker partnership. 

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