Inter Milan goalkeeper Andre Onana has sent a clear message to Man City ahead of the upcoming Champions League final.
Speaking to Italian broadcaster SportMediaset, via FCInterNews, the Cameroonian stressed that the Nerazzurri are coming to Istanbul with every intention of winning.
On the one hand, Inter have already made it further than almost anyone expected of them this season.
The Nerazzurri could well be tempted therefore to see just playing in the Champions League final as an achievement in itself.
However, for goalkeeper Onana, this is not how the team will approach things. Rather, the 27-year-old former Ajax man makes clear, they will be coming to Istanbul feeling like they must win to give this match against Man City meaning.
Inter did not rest on their laurels in the round of sixteen against Porto. Nor did they do so in the quarterfinals against Benfica or the semifinals against AC Milan.
The Nerazzurri knew that, to give meaning to the work that they’d done to reach those rounds, they had to try and win.
The same is true of the final against City.
Inter will not play in that final just to make up the numbers, Onana makes clear. Having already come further than almost expected, they’re ready to give everything to go all the way.
Inter Keeper Onana To Man City: “Finals Aren’t Played – They Are Won”
“We really hope to win everything,” Onana said. “Because this is what we train towards.”
“We know it will certainly be difficult, up against a top-class opponent,” he continued.
“But we’ll be there wanting to add to Inter’s already great history.”
“We will give everything on the pitch,” Onana said. “Our lives if needed!”
“But we have to be well-prepared, because a massive match awaits us, against a top-quality opponent.”
“However, I’m convinced that if we keep working the way we have been, we’ll have our chances,” the Inter keeper said.
“Finals aren’t played,” he made clear. “They are won.”
“So we’ll go to Istanbul to win. I don’t know how, but we have to win.”