Ederson makes his mark with a critical performance against Bournemouth

Manchester City’s shot-stopper Ederson put in a fantastic display to keep a clean sheet in his team’s vital 1-nil win over Bournemouth last night. The champions had to fight and scrap their way to a precious three points at the Vitality Stadium. The performance of Ederson went a long way in securing Pep Guardiola’s side a much-needed victory.

City’s keeper is often a spectator when his team is in full flight. When he isn’t called into action he provides a crucial piece of the champion’s possession game. That trait was on full display against Andoni Iraola’s side as the hosts pressed Manchester City all over the pitch. It was an admirable effort for Bournemouth as they decided to take the game to the world champions. Ederson showed how important he is to his team with a superb display with his feet. His quality on the ball is such that resembles another outfield player at times. It was a remarkably calm display from the Brazilian keeper in the face of the Bournemouth press.

But against Bournemouth Ederson had to be at his best to preserve his clean sheet. He made a string of fine saves to ensure that his team left the Vitality Stadium with a crucial three points. For the second half City weren’t at their free-flowing best and were forced to dig deep to keep pace with league leaders Liverpool. With Ederson at his best in goal, they left the Vitality Stadium with the victory they were so desperate for. It also made it back-to-back clean sheets for his team following their midweek win over Brentford.

Ederson’s performance may be vital in the scheme of the season

While it is rare to see Ederson forced into so many critical saves he is more than capable when required. His performance yesterday was a reminder of just how good City’s number-one keeper is. He also claimed the club record for the most clean sheets in the Premier League with his 110th clean sheet last night. That is a remarkable feat for Ederson.

Yesterday’s win wasn’t City’s best performance of the season. But with Ederson putting in a fantastic display in goal it could be looked back upon as a crucial victory at season’s end. Behind Phil Foden, he was his team’s best performer at the Vitality Stadium. That could go a long way in this season’s title race and Ederson’s display will be looked back as a crucial one in the scheme of the season.

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