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Alexis Sanchez hails influence of new boss

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Barcelona winger Alexis Sanchez has credited his new manager with helping him build his confidence and getting him back to his best form at the start of the season.

New boss Tata Martino has started Sanchez in four of the Spanish champions' five games so far this season, with the 24-year-old netting the first goal of Martino's reign in a 7-0 thrashing of Levante. 

The Chilean international moved to the Catalan giants from Italian side Udinese in 2011 for a fee of €26m, although a number of top European clubs were thought to be chasing his signature.

Since his move Sanchez has suffered from patches of indifferent form as well as a range of injuries.

However he says he now feels very comfortable under his new boss.

"Martino has given me amazing confidence and that gives me more freedom in the country," he said.

"People press me, waiting for me to make goals and assists, but I feel very comfortable this year, I am very confident."

Currently with the Chile squad ahead of their friendly with Spain in Geneva on Tuesday, Sanchez was eager to deal with recent reports concerning his relationship with Lionel Messi at Barcelona.

"I have a great relationship with Lionel Messi, both on and off the pitch," he said

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