Sanchez delighted with new Fiorentina role

Fiorentina’s Carlos Sanchez is relishing his new role as a more defensive-minded player and loves the backing he receives from Viola fans.

The 31-year-old came to the Serie A outfit as a midfielder, but manager Paulo Sousa has moved him into the defensive line, where he has impressed with his no-nonsense approach.

Sanchez started on the right side of a back-three against Juventus on January 15, and helped Fiorentina claim a 2-1 win at home.

"People are happy about my grit and determination? That's great, really great," Sanchez told Corriere Fiorentino.

"Football is joy and the affection of the Viola fans pushes me to give even more. I can not wait to play the next game to go up even further in their estimation.

"I was left out of a few games, and the coach asked me one morning: 'How do you feel about playing in defence?'. 'What's the problem?', I replied.

"And from there it all started: I trained alongside Gonzalo (Rodriguez) and then the match against Juventus, well, it was beautiful."