Inter star Andre Onana makes history in Champions League semi-final first-leg win over Milan.
The Cameroonian shot-stopper saw his team beat AC Milan 2-0 in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinals on Wednesday. He was signed by I Nerazzurri from Ajax last summer on a free transfer.
Onana has proven to be a solid addition, largely impressive in the 37 games across competitions he has played for his new club. He has kept 18 clean sheets during that time, with seven of those coming in the Champions League – a club record, as per Squawka.
Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar managed six shut-outs in 13 games when Inter won the Champions League in the 2009-10 season under Jose Mourinho. Given the number of legendary goalkeepers Inter has had over the years, including Cesar, Walter Zenga, Francesco Toldo, and Samir Handanovic, Onana’s achievement is certainly impressive.
Inter will also be relaxed about the 27-year-old’s future. After all, he penned a five-year deal at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium last summer. He did not have an awful lot to do in his team’s 2-0 win at San Siro against Milan, making two saves over the course of the game.
Onana is expected to start in the return leg on May 16. He has a maximum of two Champions League games left this season, which could see him tie the record for the most clean sheets in the competition’s history.
Sebastian Rossi (AC Milan, 1993-94), Santiago Canizares (Valencia, 2000-01), Keylor Navas (Real Madrid, 2015-16), and Edouard Mendy (Chelsea, 2020-21) all hold the record with nine clean sheets.
Andre Onana believes Inter Mialn can win the Champions League
Onana joined Inter Milan from Ajax in the summer of 2022. He has been their number-one goalkeeper since his arrival.
Inter Milan faced Benfica in the quarter-final of the UEFA Champions League. They set their sights on the trophy and Onana has said they can go all the way to win it.
The Cameroonian discussed his goals for the Champions League with UEFA TV.
According to Onana, the team must always have confidence in themselves. The team must consider it like a contest in which they have the potential to win.
Onana said, “We’ve made it this far.”
“In my mind, I think that Inter, this team, and these players, can aspire to win everything available to us.”
“So we’ll try our best to win as much as we possibly can. Whether we reach the final or not, we will always give our best.
“We will do our best.”
If we don’t manage to get there we should go home with the knowledge that we did everything we possibly could. But that the football gods just weren’t on our side.”