Arguably Manchester City’s major problem last season was their goalkeeper. Claudio Bravo was extremely shaky at times between the sticks, and received a lot of criticism for his performances – prompting Guardiola to invest once again this summer.
In came Benfica’s Ederson, the 23-year-old Brazilian who came at a hefty price to Manchester City, but one that he has already started to live up to. Ederson has been fantastic for the Sky Blues so far this season, showing the world exactly why Guardiola deemed it necessary to splash out £35m on him. He looks to be the missing piece of the jigsaw for City’s all-round solid team, and believes his great start to life in Manchester is down to a number of factors.
Speaking to NBC Sports, the goalkeeper said: “It has been a good start for me here at City. It has been a very positive experience for me so far and the fans help me a lot and their support is very important for me.”
“It has been a really positive experience so far. Obviously, the cities are a little different. Lisbon is more tropical, here it is more cold and rainy. But I am settled in well, I like life here and I am ready and prepare for any circumstances. I am settling in here very well.”
The ‘keeper also discussed his injury at Liverpool which forced him off the pitch, admitting he would have liked to have continued but was not allowed.
“What happened in the Liverpool game with Sadio Mane, those things can happen in football. I got injured and I could have continued playing but the cut was quite big so they wouldn’t let me continue.”
Guardiola is well known to like his goalkeeper to have technical ability on the ball, and Ederson says he was born to play with the ball at his feet.
“I was born with those skills, being able to play with my feet. When I started playing as a player I was playing as a defender or a full back. That helped me with my adaptation to play with my feet.”
“Through time I have developed those skills and even now I keep training with my feet because it is very important. In the past, maybe I didn’t spend so much time training with the players that were in front of me. Now we are more involved and maybe that is why I can now show my qualities with the football.”