Getting to know Matias Sanchez


After his arrival at Melbourne Victory, Argentine Matias Sanchez sat down to talk about settling in to a new country, the type of midfielder he is and what to expect when he hits the pitch.

On settling into Melbourne

“I spoke to Fernando Brandan and asked about the city and the club and he said that it’s a great place to live and to play.

“He told me the people in Melbourne are very friendly.

“My sister in law has been living here for eight months. She loves Melbourne.”

On winning the Under 20 World Cup with Argentina

“I won in 2007 in Canada. I play with some of the players who play in the team now; (Sergio) Romero, (Sergio) Aguero, (Gabriel) Mercado, (Angel) Di Maria, it was a very good experience.

“We were a very confident group and that was the secret for winning the cup.”

On what to expect from him when he plays

“I play in the middle, I can do both midfield and defensive midfield, I can do the distribution of the team.

“I think that’s the most important quality of me, and to fight and play with 100 percent.

“I give to the team and the fans 100 percent, and I will play with my heart.”

On adapting to life in Melbourne

“I need to adapt, because in a new country and culture you have to adapt to this. I talk with the coach and first it’s physically, that’s important, then I play with the group.

“My expectation is the biggest, I want to fight for the important things and win wherever we play.”

On his first impressions of Melbourne Victory

“I’m very happy to be here, I came to the biggest club in Australia so I’m feeling very happy.

“I am ready to train with my teammates and meet the coach so I can be the best I can.

“The coach Kevin called me. He told me his ideas and the most important thing is that we will fight to win.”