Sanchez a worka­holic

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport -

LON­DON. — Alexis Sanchez is un­likely to ever ask for a day off work, but it is prob­a­bly time one of his man­agers forced him to have a rest.

Af­ter a do­mes­tic soc­cer sea­son in which Sanchez played in ev­ery sin­gle one of Arse­nal’s English Premier League and Cham­pi­ons League matches, as well as five out six games on the way to FA Cup glory, he has helped Chile to the final of the Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup.

Chile’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in Rus­sia has en­sured Sanchez plays a fourth con­sec­u­tive sum­mer of in­ter­na­tional foot­ball. He is not the sort to take it easy at a tour­na­ment that, re­al­is­ti­cally, few will re­mem­ber once it is done. Can you re­mem­ber who won the 2013 Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup?

He played at the World Cup in 2014 and the Copa Amer­ica the fol­low­ing two years. As­sum­ing Chile make it to Rus­sia 2018 and he plays at the 2019 Copa Amer­ica, Sanchez will go be­tween 2013 and 2020 with­out a sum­mer off. The run could be ex­tended an­other year if he plays at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

As with this year’s Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup, Sanchez and Chile made it to the final (win­ning both times) of the last two edi­tions of the Copa Amer­ica. He played a key role at both, scor­ing the win­ning penalty in the 2015 final and win­ning best player as Chile re­tained their ti­tle a year later.

On Sun­day, he’ll play yet in an­other final, hav­ing also fea­tured in ev­ery game on the way there, while other play­ers sun them­selves in ex­otic parts of the world or a field at Glas­ton­bury. — The Tele­graph.

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