‘Caged Lion’ Sanchez Takes a Dig at Ex-Inter Coach Conte

Alexis Sanchez broke Bianconeri hearts in the Supercoppa final right at the death, when it seemed like the match would be heading for penalties. Federico Dimarco latched a cross from the edge of the penalty area, only to find the ball fumble awkwardly off Alex Sandro and fall into the path of Sanchez, who drilled it home with the final kick of the game.

Sanchez’s golden goal has leased him a new shine of life at the Giuseppe Meazza – he has three goals and an assist in the previous five matches – at the time when talk of his departure is echoing around. His goal handed Inter their first Supercoppa Italiana title in more than a decade and their sixth overall.

The Chilean striker has now hit out at Tottenham coach Conte for not giving him enough playing minutes in the previous seasons, citing that he was a ‘lion in a cage’, waiting to be unleashed.

Speaking in his post-match interview to SportMediaset (via MARCA), Sanchez vented his coiled up frustration of not having played enough in recent seasons.

“I was a lion in a cage, if they let me play I become a monster. Conte told me that nobody was like me and that I had to make a difference, but he only put me on in the last 15 minutes. I answered that he made me suffer that way.”

The ex-Barcelona man was hindered by injuries last season, but for a large part fell victim and second-fiddle to the brilliance of the Lukaku – Martinez duo that guided Inter to the Scudetto.

Finally, Sanchez reveled in the fact that he helped Simone Inzaghi grab his first silverware with the Nerazzurri, saying that he was ‘hungry and felt like winning something tonight’.

“Champions are like this, the more they play, the better they feel. They can do something nobody else can. I played against Lazio, I thought I would play today as I was in good shape, but the coach made that decision.”

“I was hungry and felt like winning something tonight! We are on the right track with the right players and we have to continue like this,” he ended.