Inter Milan goalkeeper Yann Sommer heaps praise on his teammate Marcus Thuram while revealing his excitement to take part in the Derby della Madonnina.
The 34-year-old will experience his first Milan Derby on Saturday. The Nerazzurri will clash heads with the Rossoneri in a battle between the two Serie A Leaders.
The Swiss arrived at Appiano Gentile as a replacement for Andre Onana and Samir Handanovic.
The former Bayern Munich man explained the difference between him and Inter’s two departed custodians.
“I never spoke to them because we don’t know each other, we’ve just played against each other several times,” said Sommer in his interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport via FcInterNews.
“The two of them have different characteristics, but each has his own style. Personally, I like to look for the right solution to start the action from the back. The goalkeeper’s action is decisive to overcome the opponent’s first line.”
The Switzerland international described the San Siro’s atmosphere as unique.
“Yes, it’s a different atmosphere and I already love it. It’s loud, exciting and fun. People kept telling me how unique the San Siro is.
“The Derby is a special match, but it’s just a single challenge that has come too soon. We have a long season ahead of us and anything can happen.
“There are other rivals for the Scudetto, but I’m still new in Italy. I can’t do predictions and rankings”.
Sommer also dwelled on two of Inter teammates whom he played with in the past: Marcus Thuram at Borussia Monchengladbach and Benjamin Pavard at Bayern Munich.
“Everyone has already seen Marcus Thuram. He has world-class potential and I hope he fulfills it.
“He has an exceptional physique combined with technique and, above all, intelligence.
“He’s good in one-on-one situations, he can also play with Lautaro or hold the ball in the box. He is dangerous for the opponents.
“The mentality that his father transmitted to him is also important. But he is also a good lad off the pitch, always smiling and positive.”
“Benji Pavard fits perfectly in defense. I was impressed by how well-rounded he is. He’s not only a defender who reads the situation and marks his man, but can build with the ball.
“The coach will decide his position. In Munich, he was more of a full-back and now maybe he will play in a more central role in a different formation. But it’s always good to have players capable of playing so many roles.
“Pavard and I both pushed to join Inter? I would say that this is a good sign, right? And it didn’t surprise me.
“Now that I’m at the club it’s even more evident: this truly is a top club.”
Finally, Sommer admits that replicating last season’s Champions League run is possible, though it won’t be easy.
“The Champions League is a tough competition for everyone. It’s unique. Every element has to fit together to reach the final stages.
“Small details matter. Form the right timing and even a bit of luck. Last year Inter played in an exceptional manner and deserved to reach the final.
“Replicating it is possible. Why not?”