Onana Passes Test but Handanovic Will Be Back on Goal

André Onana was one of the few bright spots for Inter in the loss against Bayern Munich, but that wasn’t enough for him to completely supplant Samir Handanovic, at least for the time being. The Cameroonian goalkeeper answered the bell multiple times and couldn’t do much more on the two goals.

He was helped by the post on his lone mistake, as he failed to corral a cross slightly deflected by Alessandro Bastoni, but the luck of the bounce went his way. He finished the night with ten saves, with at least five or six particularly difficult, La Gazzetta dello Sport reports. It was the highest amount in Champions League for Inter since 2004.

Still, Simone Inzaghi was quick to announce the return of the captain in his post-game remarks (via Goal).

“The choice to go with Onana is not definitive, and Handanovic will start against Torino.”

CEO Giuseppe Marotta commented to DAZN before the game.

“Courage is an important trait in sports. We have many games in a row and it’s essential to rotate players. The coach must field what he believes to be the best XI even though some picks might appear illogical. Being daring is the prerogative of great managers, and we have a strong and competitive group. We trust his decisions.”

Our Take on Onana and Handanovic

It must have been an incredible change of pace for Inter fans to see a goalie that flies around rather than a turnstile that mostly relies on his positioning. The veteran got off to a slow start last season too, so it’s not all said and done already. But if he doesn’t round into shape in a hurry, the decision will soon become obvious and inevitable.

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