Iconic Inter Shotstopper Julio Cesar Backs Handanovic to Stay Put

Goalkeeper Andre Onana will certainly present coach Simone Inzaghi with a goalkeeper’s dilemma. The Cameroonian guard was elected by the Nerazzurri Management were set to succeed veteran goalkeeper Samir Handanovic ahead of the 2022/23 season, but replacing the 37-year-old club captain has never been easy.

That belief is echoed by one of Inter’s all-time best goalkeepers, Julio Cesar, who played as important a role as Handanovic, if not more, during the club’s treble winning days under now-Roma tactician Jose Mourinho. However, Cesar did not last as long as his successor, who is now in his tenth season with Inter’s black and blues.

“Samir Handanovic is a goalkeeper who knows the atmosphere at Inter well, he knows how to behave inside the club. I think even if Onana does arrive, he will train to be the starter,” he said (via FCInterNews).

Handanovic has already kept 14 clean sheets in 2021/22, making him the best goalkeeper in the league according to statistics. He’s also on his way to charge his Nerazzurri troops for the second time in a row scudetti Title – something Cesar believes will continue to shape his legacy.

“Winning the Scudetto this year would give him even more power and convince the club that he can be number one because he has talent and cares a lot about the details. physical level. He can still be number one for 1-2 years,” he concluded.

Inter currently have one game in hand and are level with Napoli on 66 points, two behind leaders Milan.