Since his arrival in the summer of 2017, Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson has become a key figure at Manchester City. After one season of the failed Claudio Bravo Experience-Experiment-Frustration, Pep Guardiola found the right mix of proper shot-stopping and amazing on-the-ball skills needed for his system in the then 23-year-old from Benfica.
Ederson’s importance to City was underlined earlier this month, when he suffered a muscular issue against Atalanta in the Champions League. Claudio Bravo managed to get sent off just 35 minutes after his introduction in that game, then was, at best, a non-factor in City’s 3-1 loss to Liverpool the weekend after.
Luckily for them and unfortunately for us, Ederson is back in the fold. The two weeks of rest during the international break were enough for him to recover, and he should be ready to take on the Blues tomorrow.
“Ederson is back. He trained in the last few days without pain.”
-Pep Guardiola; Source: Sky Sports
Even without Ederson between the posts, Chelsea might have found it tough to break through City’s barrage of tactical fouls. His return only makes this task even more difficult.
Still, it will not be an impossible mission. Times have changed, and we’re putting the struggles of the recent past behind us. Chelsea are a work in progress, but we’re in great form — especially away from home! — and full of unbridled enthusiasm and confidence. Saturday evening’s game at the Etihad could be a landmark game in Lampard’s first season in charge.