Alexis Sanchez publicly SLAMMED by Antonio Conte as Inter Milan boss insists ‘his numbers must be better’ after Coppa Italia semi-final defeat by rivals Juventus
- Antonio Conte has publicly criticised his struggling striker Alexis Sanchez
- Conte verbally lashed out at the player following defeat to rivals Juventus
- Inter Milan boss Conte says Sanchez needs to start improving his goal stats
- Inter must now overturn the 2-1 loss to progress to the Coppa Italia final
Antonio Conte has publicly called out under-performing striker Alexis Sanchez by insisting ‘his numbers must be better.’
Conte has drawn attention to Sanchez’s lack of goalscoring following Inter Milan’s Coppa Italian semi-final first leg defeat to bitter rivals Juventus.
The Italian boss cut a frustrated figure on the touchline as he was defeated by his former club, courtesy of a Cristiano Ronaldo brace.
Sanchez filled in for the absent talisman Romelu Lukaku, but failed to find the back of the net and give his side the added impetus it desperately needed.
Antonio Conte has criticised Alexis Sanchez and said the forwards needs to give more
The Chilean’s problems were compounded in the latter stages of the tie, after he failed to convert when the goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was out of his goal, instead seeing his effort blocked on the line by Demiral.
Inter are now tasked with overturning a 2-1 deficit in the second leg in order to progress through to the final.
Cristiano Ronaldo stole the show by scoring a brace and securing a crucial victory
Conte now seems to have lost patience with Sanchez, venting to reporters after the game and urging the Chilean to provide more in front of goal.
He said: ‘I don’t know if he was tired, of course he tried to give his best in the game, but he has to be more clinical when it comes to scoring goals.
‘Numbers for [judging] the strikers are merciless, and his numbers must be better.’
Now aged 32, Sanchez is enduring a lasting struggle which has continued since his ill-fated move to Manchester United from Arsenal.
Conte has stuck by Sanchez but is now demanding an increase of goals from the Chilean
Despite being a big money signing and the top earning star in the Premier League, Sanchez rapidly slipped down the pecking order and United were desperate to cut their losses.
He has scored only 11 times in just over three years, despite early hopes at Inter that his once deadly form was on its way back.
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