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Alexis Sánchez spoke to the media after training on Monday about Saturday’s defeat in Valladolid and how it has affected the team’s hopes for the rest of the season. “It was a strange game, but we have to put it behind us now and not feel sorry for ourselves. We have to be positive because we have an important game ahead”. Alexis claimed that Martino had made it clear to the players: “forget the Valladolid game and focus on City”.

I am hungry to win and so are all my team mates - we want to win everything.

The Chilean striker, who came on against Valladolid for the last half hour, believes now is the time to stay united: “we are all part of Barça and we have the same aim. The league isn’t lost, just as when we were on the top people were wrong to say we had it won. We are in the fight for all the titles. I am hungry to win and so are all my team mates  - we want to win everything, the League, Champions League and the Cup. I don’t know anyone in the squad who doesn’t want that”.

Finally, Alexis Sánchez commented that, like Guardiola, Martino “is a coach who really motivates the players”, whilst warning that despite the fact that Manchester City lost the first leg “every team is always really fired up for a game against Barça”.

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