Say what you will about Inter Milan’s offense. Stale. Putrid. Unexciting. Whatever the word you choose would likely fit.
However, the one word best used to describe Inter Milan’s defense is clean.
The accuracy in that word is backed up by the performance of Inter Milan goalkeeper and Slovenian international Samir Handanovic.
Looking at statistics provided by Transfermarkt.com, Handanovic has 11 clean sheets in 20 matches this season – tied with Serie C goalkeeper Paolo Branduani for the fifth-most clean sheets of all goalkeepers in Europe. Granada’s Rui Silva, Fermana FC’s Paolo Ginestra, AC Cuneo 1905’s Richard Marcone and Barnsley’s Adam Davies each also have 11 clean sheets.
Former AS Roma and current Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson along with Middlesboro’s Darren Randolph lead the way with 13 clean sheets apiece. The mitigating factor is that Alisson has 13 in 23 matches whereas Randolph has it in 28.
Paris FC goalkeeper Vincent Demarconnay and Luton Town net-minder James Shea are tied for second with 12 clean sheets this season. Shea, however, has 12 blanks in 25 matches whereas Demarconnay has accomplished it in just 19.
Out of the top five in Europe, Demarconnay has the best percentage followed Ginestra and Marcone. Handanovic and Branduani are right behind.
So far this season, Handanovic has conceded 14 goals, behind Alisson’s 13, Branduani’s nine and Demarconnay’s eight.
No other Serie A goalkeeper ranks in the top 25. In fact, the next Serie A goalkeeper on the list is Juventus’ Wojciech Szczesny with seven clean sheets in 15 matches. Sampdoria goalkeeper Emil Audero has seven clean sheets in 20 matches and Sassuolo’s Andrea Consigli also has seven in 20.
All-in-all, you can say what you will about Inter’s offense, but the defense, backstopped by Handanovic still remains one of the best in Italy as well as in Europe.
Here is a list of Serie A goalkeepers and the number of clean sheets they have each recorded this season along with the number () of matches started.*
- Samir Handanovic - Inter Milan 11 (20)
- Wojciech Szczesny - Juventus 7 (15)
- Emil Audero - Sampdoria 7 (20)
- Andrea Consigli - Sassuolo 7 (20)
- Alban Lafont - Fiorentina 6 (18)
- Salvatore Sirigu - Torino 6 (18)
- Alfred Gomis - SPAL 6 (20)
- Luigi Sepe - Parma 6 (20)
- Gianluigi Donnarumma - AC Milan 5 (20)
- Thomas Strakosha - Lazio 5 (20)
- Alessio Cragno - Cagliari 5 (20)
- Lukasz Skorupski – Bologna 5 (20)
- Juan Musso – Udinese 4 (11)
- Etrit Berisha – Atalanta 4 (13)
- Robin Olsen – Roma 4 (19)
- Stefano Sorrentino – Chievo Verona 4 (19)
- Marco Sportiello – Frosinone 4 (20)
*-- minimum of 10 starts
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