Man City keeper Ederson puts hand up for penalty duty

City has struggled to find a regular penalty scorer with Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, Ilkay Gundogan, Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne all missing from the spot since the start of last season.

Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson says he is the best penalty taker at the club.   -  Getty Images

Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson says he is the best penalty taker at the club but that manager Pep Guardiola will not give him the responsibility.

City has struggled to find a regular penalty scorer with Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, Ilkay Gundogan, Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne all missing from the spot since the start of last season.

Ederson, renowned for his ability with the ball at his feet, said he previously took some free kicks for Portuguese side Rio Ave.

“I don't practise free kicks but I practise penalties,” Ederson told reporters.

 

“I played for Rio (Ave), I took some free kicks. That is in the past and we have some very good free kick takers. Penalties, I am the best penalty taker but I am not chosen to take them.”

Guardiola had said in 2018 when asked about the chances of Ederson taking a penalty: “Because he's a goalkeeper, there are other players who can take one, respect for the opponents, respect for the competitions.”

City, which has already secured a place in the Champions League knockout stages, faces Porto away in Group C later on Tuesday.

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