Manchester City manager, Ederson is ready for penalty kick duties during the UCL final, Scott Carson has said. He recently revealed that he has watched the Brazilian enough in training to reach that conclusion.
According to him, Ederson will not be fazed if forced to face and convert penalties because he has practised for that moment all his life.
He added that penalities are amazing in football because it gives goalkeepers the chance to be the hero in decisive games.
His words, “He has smashed a few at me and Zack [Steffen] and it’s one of them where you actually want him to score, you don’t want the ball to hit you because he smashes it that hard.”
“It does hurt! He takes a few every now and then and seems to find the side-netting every single time, and with the power. It’s incredible.”
“Every day after training finishes, the lads will come and ask for a couple of penalties and the keepers try to make sure they do it properly.”
“The training ground is different to a stadium with fans and pressure, but we just try to keep them honest and make them do it properly. You can watch videos of past penalties but it’s just instinct on the night, and who keeps their nerve.”
“Xabi [Mancisidor] the goalkeeping coach will have the iPads out with past penalties – that’s normal stuff everyone does now. But that can only help you so much, as you don’t know what’s going to happen. You have to do it on the day – it can be about luck.”
“But it’s a great position to be in as a goalkeeper because you can come out as the hero.”
“When the shoot-out starts, you are enjoying it, but when the numbers start to go up – eight, nine, 10 – then you think ‘I’m going to be taking one soon if I don’t get my finger out!”
“That’s when it starts to get a bit nervy, as it’s a situation you’re not used to, out of your comfort zone.”
“But the two times I have taken a penalty in a shoot-out, I’ve found the back of the net. I have been in two long ones, one for England Under-21s when I scored, and one for Derby against Carlisle which also thankfully hit the back of the net.”
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