Alexis Sanchez: ‘I’d take second now’

Alexis Sanchez has reflected on Chile’s draw in Group B for next year’s World Cup in Brazil and says he would settle for second place now.

The South Americans have been placed alongside Spain, Holland and Australia and after careful consideration Barcelona’s Chilean international winger says he is aware of the difficulties his country will be confronted with.

“We are in the toughest group in the tournament but I hope everything goes well and we arrive in Brazil in good condition,” he told reporters.

“It’s lovely that Spain are talking about us with so much respect. They are the champions, although it is hard to say who will be favourites to win the group.

“However, right now I’d settle for second place with Spain also going through.”

Sanchez played in Barcelona’s 4-1 win Copa del Rey success at Cartagena on Friday night but was guilty of missing a glaring opportunity when blazing over the bar from close range.

“When I saw how the ball was coming at me I already knew I was positioned badly and it would go over. It was a shame.

“Nonetheless, our attitude is always the same. What happens is that we get a bit desperate at times and that’s when we do things not so well,” he explained.

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