Handanovic: Inter’s captain armband is an honour

MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 18: Samir Handanovic of Inter Milan celebrates his team's victory at full-time of the Group B match of the UEFA Champions League between FC Internazionale and Tottenham Hotspur at San Siro Stadium on September 18, 2018 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Samir Handanovic dubbed it an honour and a great responsibility to wear Inter Milan’s captain armband.

Inter handed over the armband to the veteran goalkeeper following Mauro Icardi’s controversy about his future at the club.

Handanovic led his side to a convincing 4-0 win over Rapid Vienna in the Europa League to complete a 5-0 rout on aggregate.

“Nothing can be taken for granted in modern football. The moment you step out there with the wrong attitude or underestimate the test, you change the game. It only seems simple after the final whistle,” he told Football Italia.

“I think we can still improve. The squad is solid, we don’t lose possession in a banal way as much now and that makes everyone play better.

“You can see the lads who haven’t played as much this season showed themselves to be ready. We know that we need everybody if we want to go all the way this season.”

Handanovic was asked if he had changed his approach or attitude since becoming the Inter captain.

“The armband is not a title of nobility or a trophy. It is a great responsibility and at Inter an honour. We don’t need just one person wearing the armband, because we need five or six leaders who push the squad forward. It doesn’t matter who wears the armband.

“Nothing has changed for me, I keep behaving the way I did before. Of course, the behaviour of a captain is under the spotlight. If I need to, and I hope I won’t need to, I’ll step in and also do things that are required of a captain in certain situations.”

It remains to be seen if the captain armband would be handed back to Icardi once he returns from injury.