Goalkeeper Ederson has admitted that Manchester City must “learn” from the pressure they found themselves under in the latter stages of Saturday’s 1-0 win over Wolves at the Etihad Stadium.
After Raheem Sterling had fired City into the lead from the penalty spot with 66 minutes on the clock, Wolves — despite having had striker Raul Jimenez sent-off in the first half — refused to let their heads drop.
They applied plenty of pressure in the closing stages of the contest and threatened to breach City’s defensive line to level the scores.
However, City held firm to record a fourth consecutive Premier League win, ensuring they remained top of the table, ahead of both Chelsea and Liverpool kicking-off later in the day.
Although City got the job done and continued to set the pace at the summit, Ederson insists they need to “learn” from the ferocious ending to the contest they faced.
“It was a very difficult game,” Ederson admitted. “In the second half, after we scored the goal, Wolves became more aggressive. The team slowed down a bit and they increased the rhythm of the game.
“They caused us trouble at the end of the game. We need to learn from that, we need to be focused during the 90 minutes because one lapse of concentration can turn into a goal conceded.
“They are a team that defend really well, with a line of five. It’s very difficult to put crosses into the box.
“After Raul’s sending off, it became less difficult. I’m very happy with the win, we remain on top of the table and we will have to work hard to keep that spot.”
Having held on to record a first clean sheet since the 3-0 win over Everton, Ederson reached a significant milestone in his City career, registering his 100th shut-out.
Having now reached a special landmark, the Brazilian has admitted that he continues to strive to become even better.
He continued: “I always work to become better every day. We need to deal with mistakes as well, that’s part of the life of a goalkeeper.
“That’s what I do, when I make a mistake, I try to stay calm, keep working, reviewing your games, and all together that helps me to grow every day.
“The training sessions help me develop as a player as well. I hope I can continue growing and getting better.”
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