In Ederson Moraes, Manchester City have signed a prototypical young Pep Guardiola goalkeeper, composed and good with his feet, intelligent, and a very good shot-stopper.
It can always be argued than signing a player, particularly in a position as crucial as goalkeeper, from a weaker league (in this case the one ranked seventh), represents a huge risk – given that the player is about to step into a whole new level of football.
But Ederson’s performance against Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their Champions League tie last season showed his qualities on the big stage, in a high-level game full of pressure and intensity.
The 23-year-old made five big saves in Benfica’s 1-0 win, showing his ability to keep the ball out of the net, but also was impressive with his feet, an absolute must in a Guardiola team where attacks begin at the back.
The team at Breaking The Lines have put together a compilation of his performance from that game in mid-February that provides a good look at what Man City fans can look forward to from the new £34.9 million signing.
Man City bought Ederson for £35m. As he proved against Dortmund, he has what it takes to be their #1 for a decade. pic.twitter.com/aAYRoZxPOo
— Breaking The Lines (@breakingIines) June 15, 2017