Handanovic to GdS: “I have never regretted going to Inter and I would stay even without the UCL”

February 25, 2017 11:21
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In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, Samir Handanovic talks about the past, present and the future:

“If the race for the UCL is hopeless? No, everything is still at stake. The other teams are doing well, we only have to do better. Tomorrow we will get some answers”.

What will the verdict be after the game against Roma? “First of all, I hope to see a good game and I also hope the only thing we will be talking about after the game has to do with football. It’s a crucial game for us and a very important one for them. Roma is second and has still the title as their objective. It will be tough, they scored four times against Fiorentina, Villareal and Torino, but we are not an easy team to face”.

What has changed since Suning arrived? “We feel surrounded by strong people, people that wants to win and that wants to make history.”

And cash is no longer a problem… “The new management isn’t all about the money. It’s true that they want to invest a lot, but everything is finalised with a success that should go on for a while. Money yes, but with a precise objective.”

So do you think the wind has changed now after some tough years? “Yes, after five tough years my impression is that Inter is on the right path.”

In particular, what makes you feel so confident? “The way they approached Inter, how they presented themselves, how they talk and how they act. Everything they do has something concrete about it. Thety talk less and do more.”

Zhang Jindong? “He is a very charismatic person. And every time that he has talked to us in the locker room before a game, we have won that game”.

Tell us about Pioli? “Il Mister arrived with a lot of optimism. You could tell that he already knew a lot about each player’s characteristics. He was ready, maybe because he already knew he was coming to Inter. He was immediately synchronised with the team, and showed us what had gone wrong and what he expected from us. All of a sudden we started to think as one mind and that’s the main reason for how things have changed, reflected also on how we practice. We have been working a lot more and a lot more effective. He has charged us enormously and him being an Interista was decisive in transferring all that positive energy. Pioli is convinced of coaching a great team, a team that has done little so far compared to it’s potential.”

What if Pioli had arrived earlier? “Tough question (laughing), but maybe we would have some more points.”

The biggest disappointment as an Inter player? “Besides having won nothing yet, the feeling that we were beaten beforehand. I saw a lot of people being disappointed when we finished 4th or 5th, but in reality we couldn’t do better. The other teams were stronger than us.”

Have you ever regretted chosing Inter? “Never! A call from Inter is what every player dreams of. When I played in Udinese I saw this team who won the Scudetto and the UCL, at that point it was impossible to foresee what would happen. With that said, Inter is one of the 5-6 most prestigious clubs in the world and today the feeling is that we are at the beginning of something really important.”

Will you remain even though you don’t reach that third spot? “Yes! And we can still go directly to the UCL.”

Source: gazzetta.it

Olof Svensson
By Olof Svensson
  • Wruce Bayne

    hats off to you man, i hope this is more than just a word

  • nozanneti
  • casperv

    Speaks actually like a true leader! Something he on the pitch has grown into as well! He´s turning 33 next summer so maybe now´s the time to let him go though, but still- who should be his replacement?

    • sleimani

      33 isn’t too bad for a goalkeeper, unless we want to cash in but who would you replace him with? Oblak? Bardi has been absent, what ever happened to scuffet? And perin hasn’t been the same since the injury…

      I still like sportiello but he won’t leave mapei… there are no suitable replacements at this time.

      • casperv

        Don’t agre on Perin – he returned after his 1.big injury as strong as ever but of course now he’s injured again. Oblast would be a great buy and with Handa not getting any younger we should look around for a younger stand-in. Maybe Perrin could be bought this summer and then join us fully 2018 ? Otherwise I don’t know

  • grilliant

    If there is one position that Inter never lack off, its definitely goalkeeper.. I watch inter since Pagliuca, Toldo, Julio Cesar, and now Handanovic..

    • casperv

      True and Walter Zenga before Pagliuca was superb too!

    • MrMuhsinin

      Maybe you forgot there is frey and peruzzi among them

    • Mohamed Kindi

      I agree with you, and like the other icons, Handanovic is still adding to his legacy with us.

  • zamorano1+8

    word up. imagine handanovic behind lucio samuel.. and also maicon chivu zanetti pfff ^^

    but no need to answer that question imo. im glad we have both. cesar is a legend and handa can still become a legend here.
    espacially with such statements! lots of respect for this guy!

  • Fahm

    he should be our captain imo

    • Muttaqien

      He was. Last match 😀

  • boln

    Proud of u man. I hope we get CL this year so u can finally play in CL

  • ezekiel

    “Zhang Jindong? “He is a very charismatic person. And every time that he has talked to us in the locker room before a game, we have won that game”.” really!? then i hope we would win against roma, since zhang will be there too.. LOL

    • boln

      It is a fact though. Zhang presence means winning and 1 draw in Our stadium

      • ezekiel

        then it’s the opposite of tohir.. LOL.. everytime tohir came to our stadium, i got worried.. XD.. if zhang really is so charismatic, i hope we win this game..^^

        • boln

          Yeah, fat nugget thohir needs to go asap. He is inter jinx literally. Lmao

          • sleimani

            Lol yes, fat boy Thohir is a class A idiot, daddy’s boy

          • A. Zanetti

            If it wasn’t Thohir then Inter would be bankrupt and the Chinese would not be here with us. At least give some respects for Thohir to show that you are belong to this modern society, not a brainless barbarian with keyboard.

          • Vidyan I. Banizian

            yep if it’s not thohir who help us instead bee tauchebol we will end up like milan now or much worse parma

  • Aaron

    Who’s better though…Cesar or him? Very tough given that they’re from different era but damn…I really cannot tell.

    • sleimani

      Different style of goalkeeping despite both being penalty specialists, Cesar was more agile, quicker and better with his feet. Samir has a bigger frame which helps him but had good reflexes for his size which is rare. Samir is more traditional style while Cesar was more acrobatic/spectacular. Cesar style more like Zenga, Samir more like Toldo/pagliuca.

      • sleimani

        But for personality I would choose Cesar, that guy had so much charisma while Samir comes off more as the strong quiet type, in the end both are excellent goalkeepers.

        • JAY

          Remember when he saved chivus ass one time

  • Amin Sadrnejad

    Love u man <3

  • Luke

    Feel a little sorry for him, deserved to play in a much better team than he has for the last few years, wouldn’t begrudge him leaving in the summer if we don’t make champions league.

  • hj

    proud and love with this man!!