Pep Guardiola Extols Qualities of 'Exceptional' Andre Onana Ahead of UCL Final

Pep Guardiola Extols Qualities of 'Exceptional' Andre Onana Ahead of UCL Final

Lukman Mumuni
June 7, 2023 at 9:07 AM
  • Pep Guardiola has expressed concern in regards to how Inter Milan plays
  • The Premier League champions face the Italian giants in the final of the UCL
  • Guardiola believes Cameroonian goalkeeper Andre Onana will play a key role for Inter

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola is full of praise for Cameroon and Inter Milan goalkeeper Andre Onana ahead of the UEFA Champions League final.

Onana has been in fine form for the Italian giants this season, helping them win the Coppa Italia and finish third in Serie A.

In Europe's elite competition, the former Ajax shot-stopper has kept eight clean sheets as the Nerazurris reached the final for the first time in 13 years.

Pep Guardiola, Andre Onana, Manchester City, Inter Milan
Pep Guardiola has praised Cameroonian goalkeeper Andre Onana ahead of the final of the UEFA Champions League. Credit: @premierleague @championsleague
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Ahead of Saturday's game, Guardiola revealed he was weary of the threat of Inter and admits Onana has been key to the way they play.

"They have a lot of history and have done well in the last couple of years. They have a good shape not just in how they defend but how good they are with the ball in the transition when they lead with the strikers. They have a really good process which starts with Andre Onana - who is an exceptional keeper with build-up, so it makes our high pressing difficult," he said as quoted by the BBC.

Inter Milan are returning to the final of the competition since last winning it in 2010, but Onana claims the pressure will be on Manchester City.

“This is a special match for us,” said Onana, as reported by SempreInter.
“This is something that can happen once in a lifetime,” he noted. ‘That means that we have to be prepared. We can’t have any stress. We will be up against a very strong opponent,” he added.
“We have nothing to lose. They’ll feel more pressure than us.”

City are chasing the treble after winning the Premier League and the FA Cup.

Onana sets UCL record

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Cameroonian goalkeeper, Andre Onana has set a new record as Inter Milan goalkeeper in the UEFA Champions League.

The former Ajax shot-stopper became the first Inter goalkeeper to keep seven (the most) clean sheets in a single season in the elite European competition.

Onana has also made the most saves in the competition, and the Nerazurris are on course to reaching the final of the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 2010.

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