Inter head coach Simone Inzaghi denies that he is planning to use goalkeeper Andre Onana as the Nerazzurri’s main keeper in the Champions League ahead of Samir Handanovic.
Speaking to Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Italia ahead of tomorrow’s Champions League group stage clash with Viktoria Plzen, the coach stressed that the selection is open between Onana and Handanovic for tomorrow’s match and in general.
Onana made his debut in the Nerazzurri’s Champions League group stage opener against Bayern Munich last week, whilst Handanovic returned to the starting eleven for Saturday’s Serie A match against Torino.
This has led to some speculation that there could be a plan in place to alternate between the two keepers in the league and in Europe, and that Onana will therefore start tomorrow, but Inzaghi has stated that this is in no way the case.
Asked if the Cameroonian is the main keeper in Europe, the coach replied “Absolutely not. Now as far as the goalkeeper is concerned, I’ve made my choice but I’ve not yet communicated it to the guys. I will choose tomorrow.”
“Onana is a great resource for us to call upon, like many other players who don’t always start but can still do a lot for us,” he added.
Asked if tomorrow’s clash with Viktoria is an important one for the Nerazzurri, Inzaghi responded “Absolutely, yes. Clearly last season the third and fourth matches were simpler but apart from our rivals who are of extremely high quality, we must focus on ourselves.”
“Tomorrow we have to play a very physical team,” he continued, “who are good on the counter and who built their qualification campaign for the group stage on performances at home. We know what kind of match we have to play.”
He went on that “It will be a physical match because they play based on a physical centre-forward, and then they have two wingers who come inside well to support this striker, so we’ll have to be good against this.”
“We didn’t work very hard on the pitch yet but we analyzed this very closely on video,” the coach added.
“The match against Torino was very focused on the part of the team,” Inzaghi continued. “We always stayed in the game even though there were difficulties as there were in in other matches because Toro can do that do you.”
“But the team always remained clear-headed and focused, pushing for the win until the very end,” he emphasized.
And speaking about the situation of forward Joaquin Correa, Inzaghi said that “For me he played very well when he came on against Torino. Against Cremonese, he scored.”
“He’s an excellent player,” the coach said of the Argentine, “when he played last season he proved his worth, he was unfortunate with injuries.”
“I read that his appearance against Torino wasn’t received very well, but I disagree, I liked what I saw from him a lot as I did with all of my players who came on,” he said.