Ederson earns Guardiola praise

18 October 2020 19:59:45 GMTPlus11

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola described goalkeeper Ederson as "incredible" and praised the Brazilian's mentality after a strong performance against Arsenal.

Guardiola's side ran out 1-0 winners over Arsenal at the Etihad with Raheem Sterling, who was captaining his side, netting a rebound following Phil Foden's effort after 23 minutes.

From day one he has been so strong.

Pep Guardiola

Visitors Arsenal had chances to level the scores before the break, but shot-stopper Ederson pulled off three fine first-half saves and also denied Bukayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in quick succession.

The win puts 2018-19 Premier League champions City on seven points from four games after they had previously beat Wolves, lost to Leicester City and drew with Leeds United.

And although Sterling's goal proved the difference, Ederson's saves were crucial to the result and Guardiola believes the 27-year-old has lived up to expectations.

Speaking to the club's official website, Guardiola said: "Ederson is an incredible keeper for us - we expected it but you never know. All the clubs in the world, when they sign a player, they expect the best of him.

"Sometimes they're not professional enough or their mentality is not strong enough, but from day one, he has been so strong.

"Good moments and bad moments don't affect him. He made an incredible two saves from Saka and Aubameyang."

Meanwhile, the Citizens are back in action on Wednesday evening when they play host to FC Porto in the Champions League, with the hosts 1.20 to win the game, 7.00 to do so by a 2-0 scoreline and 1.83 to keep a clean sheet.

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