The Slovenian keeper feels his side's dismal 2012-13 will benefit them in the long term and has backed new coach Walter Mazzarri to triumph at San Siro
The Nerazzurri slumped to a ninth-placed finish in Serie A after a succession of injuries and inconsistent form blighted the second half of their season, with Andrea Stramaccioni ultimately paying the price as he was dismissed as coach after the campaign concluded.
Handanovic feels the painful memories of 2012-13 will inspire his side to big improvements in the coming season and has backed new boss Walter Mazzarri as the right man to restore them to the summit of Italian football.
“In my opinion, nothing happens by accident,” the 29-year-old told Sky Sport Italia.
“Even negative seasons like our last one can be useful. We need to restart without forgetting the mistakes and the humiliation.
“I think the fact we have no European commitments this time will be an advantage. For now, we only need to think about working hard and then we’ll see how far we can go.”
“I think Mazzarri’s career speaks for itself,” the Slovenian added. “He’s an experienced coach. He hasn’t been with us for very long, but there will be time to get to know each other.
“Every coach’s career speaks for itself, just as it does for players. He’s certainly someone who never backs down.”