Saturday 15 December 2018

City 'keeper Ederson sets sights on a goal

Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson
Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson

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Ederson, the Manchester City goalkeeper, has revealed his determination to score before the end of the season and hopes manager Pep Guardiola will entrust him to take a penalty or free-kick.

The Brazilian has widely impressed since his £35m move from Benfica last summer, not least for the range and quality of his passing during City's march to the title.

Fans chanted his name when Raheem Sterling won a penalty in Sunday's 5-0 win over Swansea City in the hope that the goalkeeper could take the spot-kick. Gabriel Jesus missed the penalty before Bernardo Silva scored from the rebound.

"I heard them (the fans) chanting my name, asking me to take the penalty," Ederson said. "If the manager had asked me to go, I would have definitely scored. I'm not sure if I would be able to do set-pieces, but I'm good at penalties, either using power or technique. "If Pep asks me to take it, I'm there. Hopefully it will happen (before the end of the season)."

Meanwhile, City will escape punishment for supporters invading the pitch at the end of Sunday's 5-0 win.

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