Alexis Sanchez says his move to Inter Milan has made him “fall in love with football again”.
Sanchez’s 18-month nightmare with Manchester United ended over the summer as he joined Inter on loan with an option to buy, and already he appears to have forgotten Old Trafford
Solskjaer admitted that Sanchez needed a fresh start: “Alexis needed to go, at the moment we know he’s been here for 18 months and it’s not really worked out for him.”
And it appears the 30-year-old Chile forward has already forgotten about M16.
“At home they’re very strong, they have the security of playing there,” he told UEFA.com ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Barcelona.
“If we have one or two chances, we can’t waste them. I played there with United and we wasted three or four clear chances. If you want to beat Barcelona, you can’t throw any clear chances away.
“Coming to Inter was a bit like falling in love with football again. I already knew the coach and some of the players, and I believe that the club are preparing something beautiful for the future.
“If I’m not mistaken, Inter haven’t won anything for seven or eight years. It was a bit like finding my love for football again, together with my desire to win something with this club.
“Any player would like to win the Champions League. You play in it to win it, not just to compete. I play it to win it.
“It’s beautiful for any player, and Inter must be excited about playing in the Champions League again.”
Sanchez, who scored his first Inter goal at the weekend before being sent off, did not mention his time at United, but he looked back on his three years at Barcelona with fondness.
“I learned a lot at Barcelona to improve myself. I had quality players who had won a World Cup alongside me, who improved their physique every day,” added Sanchez.
“Nowadays, every player must have that approach. When I arrived at Barcelona, people said it was the best Barcelona in history at the time.
“There were Guardiola, Messi, Xavi and Iniesta, who are not here now. There was Puyol, who for me is an incredible captain, the best I’ve had in my career so far.
“It was nice. You learn to play football differently there, with possession of the ball.”