Inter Milan goalkeeper Yann Sommer feels that his penalty save against Fiorentina was the result of careful preparation.
Speaking to InterTV after the 1-0 win over La Viola, via FCInterNews, the Swiss international said that he “studied” the penalty-takers for the opposition and was able to guess the right way to dive.
Sommer’s save on a Nico Gonzalez penalty during the second half of this evening’s match was certainly an important one for Inter.
The save preserved the Nerazzurri’s 1-0 lead.
And considering that Inter went on to win by that slender advantage, to go back to the top of the Serie A table ahead of Juventus, it could end up looking like a significant moment in the context of the title race.
Gonzalez’s penalty was hardly the most difficult one for Sommer to save.
The Argentine’s effort was struck at a good height for the keeper. And there was not enough power to really trouble the Inter shotstopper.
But still, Sommer had to react quickly and go the right way.
And once the Inter keeper got down he needed the confidence and composure to keep hold of the ball and snot spill it in front of a Fiorentina player.
Yann Sommer: Studied Fiorentina Penalty-Takers
“We studied the penalty-takers before the match as we always do,” Sommer said.
“We’re happy with this win because it was a tough match, and important for us.”
As far as whether he’s having his best season, the 35-year-old said “I don’t know.”
“I’m doing very well,” he continued. “And I’m happy to play for this club.”
“You can see it. We play with passion in every match.”
Sommer added that “We still have a long way to go. We have to keep going like this.”
And as far as his increasing leadership role in the Inter team, Sommer noted that “At the beginning, obviously it wasn’t very easy because of the language barrier.”
“But I try to help the team by giving my contribution on the pitch. And also learn Italian in the dressing room.”