City win tactical battle as Ederson shows why he’s the best passing goalkeeper in the world

CHRIS SUTTON: Manchester City’s training ground drills pay off as Pep Guardiola’s side win intriguing tactical battle, while Ederson proves he is the best passing goalkeeper in the world

  • Ederson’s range of passing proves he is the best passing goalkeeper in the world
  • It was clear that their training ground drills were perfected on the night
  • Manchester City won 2-0 on the night to win 4-1 overall against PSG
  • They will face Chelsea or Real Madrid in their first ever Champions League final 

Is Ederson the greatest passing goalkeeper in the world right now? Manuel Neuer fans might have something to say to me. But if I had to choose one goalkeeper to find a target 80 yards in the distance, I’d be shouting for the man in the Manchester City shirt. 

Hell, you’re almost tempted to think he could do a job in a few Premier League midfields, the way he sprays the ball around as if it’s nothing.

His long left-foot pass into the path of Oleksandr Zinchenko said it all. It was no hit-and-hope. It was meant and it was magic. All four of Paris Saint-Germain’s defenders were on the halfway line. 

Ederson’s range of passing on the night probed he’s the best passing goalkeeper in the world

Ederson spotted that space behind and he saw Zinchenko was ready to start a run from his own half. So with one step to set himself, he put boot to ball and sent Zinchenko on his way. Ten seconds after Ederson’s exquisite pass, City were 1-0 up thanks to Riyad Mahrez and 3-1 up on aggregate.

You have to think that was something Pep Guardiola had his players practise in training, given the starting position of Zinchenko. It’s always nice when you see something that you’ve worked on during the week pay off on the big day.

In their desperation, PSG pushed up more and more. They were pressing vigorously but City were holding firm and trying to make the space that the Parisians were leaving behind work to their advantage. 

It was an intriguing tactical battle to watch between two great teams and two great coaches but City managed the game brilliantly.

Finally, Guardiola’s City are in their coveted Champions League final.

Pep Guardiola has steered Manchester City to their first ever Champions League final

Pep Guardiola has steered Manchester City to their first ever Champions League final

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Man City v PSG: Ederson hailed by fans after his lofted pass helped set up Riyad Mahrez’s opener

Ederson is hailed as ‘the best ball-playing goalkeeper in the world’ after his superb lofted pass helped set up Man City’s opener in Champions League semi-final vs PSG with fans calling the Brazilian a ‘cheat code’

  • Ederson played a huge role in Man City’s opening goal vs PSG on Tuesday 
  • Brazilian keeper’s superb lofted pass set them on course for Mahrez’s opener 
  • Fans were left gushing about the City No.1’s playmaking ability on social media
  • Some joked he would start in Arsenal’s midfield and one called him a cheat code 

Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson caused more than a few jaws to drop after his sensational long-range pass helped set up Riyad Mahrez’s opener in their Champions League semi-final against PSG.

The Brazilian is known for his ability with the ball and being comfortable spraying passes around for Pep Guardiola’s possession-focused team, but his beautiful pinged ball forward left social media in a frenzy as he superbly picked out Alesksandr Zinchenko on the left flank.

The Ukranian left-back found Kevin de Bruyne in the centre, whose shot was blocked and rebounded to Mahrez, who was left with a golden opportunity to slot home and put City 3-1 up on aggregate in their crucial European clash. 

Ederson has been lauded on social media after his superb pass to set up City’s goal vs PSG

The Brazilian displayed incredible technical ability to pick out Zinchenko in the build up to Riyad Mahrez's opener in the Champions League semi-final second leg

The Brazilian displayed incredible technical ability to pick out Zinchenko in the build up to Riyad Mahrez’s opener in the Champions League semi-final second leg

It wasn’t long before Ederson earned a flood of plaudits from supporters online, with one joking he was good enough to start in Arsenal’s struggling midfield. 

‘If Ederson was at Arsenal he would be playing in centre-mid,’ wrote one fan, accompanied by crying emojis.

Another hailed his ability with the ball, writing: ‘Ederson, at least in my lifetime, is the most technically proficient goalkeeper I’ve seen. The amount of value he brings with that is incredible too.’

The 27-year-old was also labelled a ‘cheat code’ with a user highlighting the huge distance the ball travelled to reach Zinchenko, and another said he was ‘the 6th best playmaker in the Premier League and he’s a goalkeeper’.

The Brazilian is known for being exceptional with the ball but his pass blew supporters away

The Brazilian is known for being exceptional with the ball but his pass blew supporters away

One said he was ‘the best playmaking goalkeeper in the world’, and urged fellow fans to ‘put some respect on his name’.

Ederson has comfortably been one of the top goalkeepers in the Premier League since joining from Benfica in 2017 – helping the club win two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and four Carabao Cups.

He’s played 186 games in total having been recruited to become one of the key components in Guardiola’s passing machine at the Etihad having grown frustrated with the error-prone Claudio Bravo. 

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