Forty-eight hours after the pitiful elimination against Annecy, Alexis Sanchez, the Chilean striker from Marseille, is still upset. This Friday, he poured out his disillusionment in the quarter-finals of the Coupe de France. “It was a hard defeat for every player and especially for me. It’s the worst of my career, I think. After beating Paris, losing that one, we all experienced it badly and we are very sad, ”he said.
After eliminating Paris SG (2-1) in the round of 16, Marseille fell on penalties on Wednesday (2-2, tab 6-7) in front of nearly 65,000 spectators at the Stade Vélodrome. “I apologize to the fans. I’ve been there six or seven months and I know they’re amazing. There are children waiting for us after training, who are counting on us, ”regrets the former Inter Milan player who missed a penalty in the second half.
“Even when you play against a second, third or fourth division team, you have to be 100% focused. Now the only solution is to get up and give it your all on Sunday,” added the former Barcelona and Arsenal striker. Sunday, OM, 2nd in Ligue 1, has a complicated trip to Rennes, 4th in the standings. “We have to go there with the right mentality, play at 200% and stay focused for 90 minutes. This is the only way to bring joy to the supporters and to make us forgive, ”he assured.
“I really want to stay here”
He also assured that he would like to stay at OM, but on condition of having the means to win titles. “I’ve only been here a year. I will stay or I will leave, but I am here to give everything, I did not come to Marseille on vacation to take the sun, ”he hammered. Relaunched by a journalist on the question of his future, the former Arsenal or Barcelona striker then replied that he “very much wanted to stay here”.
“But I came to win, he added all the same. I play to be champion, not 2nd, 3rd or 4th. The other day I was even sadder than the fans because I only think about winning. It will not pass after one, two or three victories. It will stay. The Chilean, who signed for a season with Marseille but with the possibility of extending his contract for another year, then repeated that he wanted to “win and be champion”.