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Ederson: Grealish can raise City’s level

Ederson believes new signing Jack Grealish is capable of helping City reach another level this season.

Our new No. 10 is in line to make his Etihad Stadium bow for Pep Guardiola’s men in Saturday’s Premier League clash with Norwich after earning his full debut for the Club in Sunday’s curtain-raiser against Tottenham Hotspur.

Grealish has already shown flashes of brilliance during his brief time at City so far and Ederson believes that quality, coupled with our array of attacking options, is a recipe for success.

“It was a great signing for our team,” our stopper declared when asked about Jack’s City switch.

“He has a lot of skills, he's going to be a step up for us.

“He knows how to pass, he knows how to dribble, he is a good finisher, I hope he can play a good game against Norwich.

“He is an extra complement for what we already have to strengthen our squad.”

Saturday’s clash with the Canaries also provides Pep Guardiola’s men with an opportunity to bounce back from our narrow opening day defeat to Spurs last weekend.

But rather than letting it affect them, Ederson insists he and his teammates use setbacks as motivation to improve moving forward.

Our stopper is also hopeful that we will be back to our free-scoring best when we lock horns with Norwich at the weekend, after drawing two blanks in the Community Shield and our Premier League curtain-raiser respectively.


He pointed out: “The team is always trying to play well and get the results.

“Unfortunately, it didn't happen in the first two games. But we don't get affected by the negative results, it just serves as a motivation to try to win the next one.

“We need to play well and score goals, because we didn't score in the first two.

“In the last few seasons, our team scored many goals, so I hope we can get back to it.”

Norwich’s visit represents our first match at the Etihad Stadium since lifting the Premier League trophy at the end of May, following a 5-0 victory over Everton on the final day of the season.

And while our Brazilian stopper is confident that we are more than capable of defending our crown, he’s also braced for a stern test from our title rivals.

“The Premier League usually has six or seven title contenders. This year isn't going to be different,” he reflected.

“It's going to be a more competitive championship than the previous year. All the teams strengthened their squads with great signings.

“It's going to be a tough season and we'll have to give our best if we want to win the title again.”

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