Ex-Inter Goalkeeper Luca Castellazzi: “Samir Handanovic’s Absence Was Heavy But It’s Unfair To Criticise Daniele Padelli”

Ex-Inter Goalkeeper Luca Castellazzi: “Samir Handanovic’s Absence Was Heavy But It’s Unfair To Criticise Daniele Padelli”
March 21, 2020 16:30
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Former Inter goalkeeper Luca Castellazzi discussed Inter, captain Samir Handanovic and a potential replacement in an interview in today’s paper edition of the Turin based newspaper Tuttosport.

First, he discussed how much Inter missed Handanovic when the Slovenian shot stopper was injured earlier this year.

“It was certainly a heavy absence because, in addition to the undeniable technical profile, he has a strong presence on the pitch and in the locker room. A point of reference for everyone. You don’t become captain of a team like Inter at random. Samir is a person who doesn’t talk much, but when he does, he is listened to.”

The 44-year-old Italian then discussed his top three goalkeepers in Serie A at the moment.

“Handanovic and Szczesny are the two who have given the most this season. More for the quality and continuity of performance. They are two top players in everything that is required for the goalkeeper’s role. I don’t know how to choose. As a third I say Donnarumma.”

The former Brescia and Sampdoria shot stopper refused to criticise Italian goalkeeper Daniele Padelli, who filled in for the 35-year-old Slovenian during his injury.

“He was called on in high difficulty matches, with strong pressure. And the difficulties have increased for him too. We can’t even forget that he hadn’t played for a long time, that with a bit of continuity in the Europa League he had two positive matches. And then replacing Handanovic is not easy for anyone, also because the fans always expect the best.”

He then discussed Inter owned goalkeeper Ionut Andrei Radu, who is currently on loan with Parma.

“I was surprised at the choice of Genoa. Radu has always been one of the best on the pitch even when the results weren’t positive. He’s very responsive, he’s very difficult to overcome between the sticks. He’s a goalkeeper with great athletic skills.”

Finally, Castellazzi discussed whether Udinese number one Juan Musso is ready for Inter, considering how much the player has been tipped as the heir to Handanovic.

“It’s a big surprise. I started to appreciate him game after game. Compared to his first year he’s improved a lot, he’s more aware of his potential. He’s a goalkeeper that a lot of teams certainly like.”

Handanovic, who is contracted to the Nerazzurri until 2021, has made 30 appearances across all competitions so far this season, keeping eight clean sheets in that time.

By Apollo Heyes