Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson was imperative to the club’s later victory and has praised Pep Guardiola for the improvement of his all-round game. Ederson praised Pep Guardiola for making him a stronger goalkeeper and said “see football differently” to the Manchester City manager.
Brazil ‘s international Ederson has been working under the Catalan coach for three seasons, playing a key part in two Premier League title successes and four domestic cup triumphs.
Nevertheless, Ederson maintains that, under Guardiola, taking risks is something that is expected of him, who he credits with getting his game to the next level.
“The position of a goalkeeper in Pep’s squad, in terms of build-up, pressing, is like the 11th outfield player on the pitch. Think it’s harder. There’s a bigger responsibility because you can’t afford to make any mistakes. If you do, it’s probably going to end up in an opposition target. Pep is a great manager who variously looks at football. He plays soccer and breathes soccer. The way he thinks about the game is very different from that of other managers,” he told Sky Sports.
He went on adding: “He supported me a lot, but not only me but also the rest of my team-mates. You can tell he ingrained a style of play in us all and at the club, and we don’t need a lot of time to learn our style of football because we’ve been doing it for a long time. Ederson has been compared with Ronald Koeman in terms of his ball-playing ability from behind, something that the former Benfica stopper believes comes naturally to him. I don’t do this too much, may two or three times a week,” he said.
Ederson has previously indicated that he is interested in playing outfield in the future, but during his time there, he does not expect this to happen at the Etihad Stadium.