Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

City Create Goals from Ederson's Long Balls

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

City Create Goals from Ederson's Long Balls

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EDERSON finally has an assist to his name as a City player after Sergio Aguero controlled one of his goal kicks against Huddersfield and found the net.

The Brazilian international showed his aptitude in his very first pre-season with the club last summer and also has a Guinness World Record for longest drop-kick.

Sean Dyche likened the situation to having Ronald Koeman in net and Ederson's passing range does give managers something else to prepare for, but what is significant about the long goal-kick? Put simply, it's a game-changer.

Because you can't be offside from a goal kick, any team attacking City enough to force Ederson into possession either has to leave enough men back to be able to defend for the long ball or risk getting caught out.

If a team wants to press Pep Guardiola's side high, Ederson's ability thus forces the opponents to stretch the space between defence and attack, creating more space between the lines for City players to get into. …

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