It was the Brazilian Ederson who spoke to journalists in preview of the match against Sporting, scheduled for this Wednesday, in the second leg of the knockout stages of the Champions League.
With peace of mind, had Manchester City not won the first leg at Alvalade by 5-0, the goalkeeper made it clear that the team’s aim was to win all competitions. “We know how difficult it is, a year in England is very busy, especially when it comes to Boxing Day, with many games in a short time. But we have the quality and the total capacity to achieve this goal,” he said, emphasizing the commitment to work day by day, because “every game has its difficulty”.
Currently 28, Ederson is in his fifth season in citizens, for which he was signed from Benfica for 40 million euros in the summer of 2017. “I left Benfica four and a half years ago and England is different from Portugal. They are different environments, football is different, so I had to mature even more. I have more experience, I see how it is evolving and I hope to continue like this,” he explained.
He was even asked by a British journalist about his dismissal against the lions, while playing for Benfica, in a game where he was a substitute. [a 21 de novembro de 2015]. “If I remember correctly, it was a Portuguese Cup match, where I was on the bench. We lost 1-2 and I was sent off for a word. I was a boy, I didn’t have as much experience as today, but it served as my experience for the future,” he recalls.
In Manchester, Ederson shares a box with three Portuguese (Bernardo Silva, João Cancelo and Rúben Dias). What is its importance ? “When I arrived, it was just me and Bernardo, whom I already knew. There were also Brazilians and there was always a good relationship, everyone made me feel welcome, the others too. There is a very good atmosphere here and it also helps me a lot on the pitch,” he revealed.