Sunday August 9 2020
Handanovic: 'Inter gained confidence'

Samir Handanovic maintains Inter are more solid defensively because they’ve ‘gained confidence and self-belief,’ so cling to that against Bayer Leverkusen.

The Europa League quarter-final kicks off on Monday at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT).

The goalkeeper was asked what he liked the most about the 2-0 win over Getafe in the Round of 16?

“I liked not conceding goals, as that is always a good starting point,” replied Handanovic in his press conference.

“The team was always solid apart from the first 20-25 minutes, when they came out really pressing us all over the pitch.

“As time went on and we kept keeping clean sheets, we gained confidence and self-belief. That charges you up and you feel stronger when defending.

“We also changed system, but the truth is sometimes it just goes your way. A while back, for instance, we’d regularly concede goals even when we were playing well. That has changed.”

Between Serie A and the Europa League, Inter have kept five consecutive clean sheets, winning their last four games in a row.

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