Onana Asks for More Respect for Inter After Eliminating Barcelona From Champions League

Onana Asks for More Respect for Inter After Eliminating Barcelona From Champions League

Elijah Odetokun
  • Inter Milan are in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in over a decade
  • Nerrazzuri beat Porto in the round of 16 after qualifying from a group that had Bayern Munich and Barcelona
  • Cameroonian goalkeeper Andre Onana is aiming for more after their recent progress

Club legend Xavi got Barcelona eliminated both from the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League in his first full season in charge of his former club.

This season, he was drawn in the same group as nightmare Bayern Munich, Italian giants Inter Milan and Czech Republic champions Viktoria Plzen, but failed to progress to the knockout stage.

Nerrazzuri won 1-0 at San Siro and played out to an entertaining 3-3 draw at Camp Nou to dump Barca into to UEFA Europa League, where Manchester United eventually eliminated them.

Andre Onana, Inter Milan, Porto, UEFA Champions League.
Andre Onana celebrating Inter's progression to the quarter-final of the Champions League. Photo by Chris Brunskill.
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Inter beat Porto in the round of 16 and will make their first quarter-final appearance since 2011 against Benfica, as reported by Planet Football. Cameroonian goalkeeper Andre Onana uses their victory over Barcelona as a bragging right.

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Onana: Inter deserves more respect

Their second Portuguese opponent in the competition this season is seen as the favourites to progress due to Inter's inconsistency which has put the future of head coach Simone Inzaghi in doubt.

Onana, who joined from Ajax in the summer, thinks otherwise, asking for more respect for his team, citing their feat in the group stage against Barcelona as a factor to fear them.

“We deserve more respect in Europe because we sent Barcelona to the Europa League, and we were in a complicated group. We showed that we are a strong team. It doesn’t matter what happens against Benfica, but we’re going to play there to win,” he told Sport Mediaset.

Onana retires from international football

Sports Brief reported that Onana retired from international duty after clashing with head coach Rigobert Song during the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

The 26-year-old was suspended after the 1-0 loss to Switzerland for misconduct following a disagreement with Song. He then announced his international retirement following meetings with FECAFOOT president Samuel Eto'o.