Friday March 29 2013
Handanovic: Not just about penalties

Inter’s Samir Handanovic isn’t a fan of the fact that he is seen as a penalty saving expert. “There is more to goalkeeping than that…”

The former Udinese man statistically saves just under 40 per cent of spot-kicks that he faces, but he’s not keen on the para-rigori billing.

“A penalty is not the yardstick for judging how good or poor a goalkeeper is,” the 28-year-old told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“If one goalkeeper saves more penalties than another then it doesn’t mean he is a better custodian.

“Obviously the stats are important, but that is not the only method that should be used when evaluating a ‘keeper.”

Handanovic has been one of the best in Italy this season and he’ll face Juventus and Italy No 1 Gigi Buffon tomorrow.

“You are born with certain qualities, you then have to be good enough to develop and mature,” the Slovenian added.

“He is an example of how you become a great, how you look after certain details which allow you to stay at the highest levels.”

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