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Ederson: It's vital to stay calm

REASSURING PRESENCE: Ederson has been a revelation ever since joining Manchester City in the summer of 2017

REASSURING PRESENCE: Ederson has been a revelation ever since joining Manchester City in the summer of 2017

Ederson believes that his calm and measured presence out on the pitch has been one of the key drivers behind his outstanding form for Manchester City.

One of the stand-out features of the Brazilian’s game ever since he joined the Club from Benfica in the summer of 2017 has been his grace under pressure – even in the tensest of scenarios.

And, ahead of Saturday’s return to Premier League action at home to Brighton, the 23-year-old revealed he believed that his unflappable nature and ice-cool approach were central to his approach to playing.

Ederson said: “My only thoughts are, to play in the most tranquil way possible.

“I believe I need to be one of the calmest players in the team, because if I make a mistake at the back, there isn’t anyone else that can defend it, and a goal will end up happening.

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“So, for that reason, I need to be the coldest figure in the team as well as to try and predict moves before they happen, calculate and think.

“I always try to act naturally, and to be calm and tranquil. I’m not extravagant, but obviously it depends on the atmosphere of the game.

“In some matches you can’t control the emotions, but I act very normal and I’m very tranquil, in fact I think I’m one of the most tranquil players in the team.” 

Ederson also had warm words of praise for young goalkeepers Aro Muric and Daniel Grimshaw, who have both been training with the first team in the wake of the long-term injury which has sidelined Claudio Bravo.

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Muric made an accomplished first-team debut in last Tuesday’s Carabao Cup win away at Oxford while Academy graduate Grimshaw is also tipped for a bright future.

And Ederson is in no doubt that both possess all the credentials needed to thrive with the demands of first-team football.

He said: “They’re two young goalkeepers, with whom I work every day. Two exceptional young players, I play a lot with them, we talk a lot, which helps me to improve my English, so that helps me. 

“I’m currently the most experienced out of the three but yes, I believe so (that they would be ready step in at any time). They train every day with us, they’re very well adjusted to the team. They know what the team wants. 

“They are both good playing with their feet, they can kick well from the goal and they are great between the posts. In my opinion, either one is prepared for an eventual match.”

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The Brazilian also offered a message of support for Chilean international Bravo who is currently undergoing rehabilitation after rupturing his Achilles tendon last month.

Bravo had worked closely together on and off the field with Ederson through last season’s record-breaking campaign, but the Chilean is now facing a lengthy spell out of action. 

Ederson added: “I was quite angry and upset with his injury, I hope he recovers well alongside with his family, so he can come back 100% well and as soon as possible.

“I was obviously used to have him with me daily and due to his injury, we’ll be training for a long time without him.” 


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