Alexis Sanchez endured a frustrating debut as captain of Chile as the reigning Copa America champions were held to a goalless draw with Boliva in Santiago.
La Roja have now gone three games without a win on home soil and currently sit 7th in the table, outside the qualification places for the 2018 World Cup.
Demanding more from his team, who have won consecutive Copa America championships, Alexis told El Grafico:
“I don’t like to lose. I always want to win, even more in the national team. We are the two-time champions, but that’s already gone. We must raise our heads.
“It’s not enough to play a hundred percent. After being champions, teams look at you with different eyes. We can’t settle and play as before, we should strive forward.”
Alexis also outlined his personal ambitions at international level as he closes in on being his country’s all-time record goalscorer.
The Arsenal man is currently second in the rankings with 34 goals, the same as Ivan Zamorano, just three behind the legendary Marcelo Salas.
“I want to be the best in the world, I can’t settle for less, I want to win everything with the team, to beat [the goal records of] Salas and Zamorano and [appearance record of] Claudio Bravo.”
Obviously feeling pretty good in himself, he went on, “I have reached a level where I can compete with great players.
“I do not feel inferior to anybody. I liken [my qualities] to Messi and Ronaldo. I have the same abilities as them.”
“I’ve had the motivation to be the best since childhood and I’ve managed to play in the best teams, but at Barcelona I wasn’t feeling the same motivation so I found a new place to continue.”
You have to admire that ambition, it’s exactly what you want to hear from your best players. That said, with that attitude he could be quite a handful when it comes to contract negotiations at Arsenal. Luckily, Dick knows how to deal with slippery characters.