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Alexis: Martino has given me the confidence I needed

by Tom Conn | Posted on Sunday, January 5th, 2014

Barcelona winger, Alexis Sanchez was delighted with his hat-trick in a 4-0 win over Elche at the Camp Nou on Sunday afternoon and praised manager Tata Martino for giving him the confidence he was lacking in previous seasons.

Alexis Sánchez celebrates a hat-trick for Barcelona

In his post-match interview with GOLTV, Alexis, who had a total of four shots and three goals with a 82% pass rate, spoke about Martino and how he has flourished under the Argentine boss.

“I had a good holiday with the people of Tocopilla.  I feel that Martino has given the confidence that every player needs.  A player playing with confidence goes way beyond scoring goals.”

Alexis then spoke about the return of Leo Messi and if he fears for his place on the squad.

“Leo takes direct free kicks and does it all.”

Alexis and Pedro are now joint leading goal-scorers for Barcelona with 11 goals scored in La Liga play this season.

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