Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has lavished praise on to Ederson Moraes has improved his shotstopping since last season.

Speaking to the press (via Manchester Evening News) ahead of his side’s upcoming Champions League opener against Red Star Belgrade, the Catalan boss was quizzed about his thoughts on the £34.7 million (Guardian) man.

It’s safe to say that Pep Guardiola has been seriously wowed by how much Ederson has improved his performances.

Pep Guardiola says ‘key player’ Ederson has improved his shotstopping a lot

Branded as ‘unbelievable’ by Oleksandr Zinchenko (via OneFootball), the five-time Premier League winner would often be slated for making the odd error as well as rash decisions in terms of his sweeping.

However, since last season, the Brazilian international’s shotstopping has reached another level, as exemplified by Federico Dimarco lauding his clutch performance in the Champions League final.

Now, Pep Guardiola has also pinpointed the improvement shown by Ederson.

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“I have a lot of memories when Ederson saves and opponents make good saves. A key player.”

“A lot, his maturity is getting there. We normally don’t concede much, when the opponent arrive, he’s there. The first save against [Michail] Antonio, the corner. An incredible threat with [Kurt] Zouma. Headers, a good save at 1-1. We concede few shots but these details make the difference. He was there again.”

Ederson has taken his game to another level

Pep Guardiola is right in lauding Ederson, whose importance often gets understated by the masses.

While the former Benfica goalkeeper’s shotstopping was far from its best during the 2021/2022 season, he stepped up his game in the following campaign.

Especially in the Champions League last season, making decisive saves against the likes of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Inter Milan.

Considering how remarkable Ederson is on the ball and as a sweeper-keeper, his improved shotstopping makes him one of, if not the most complete goalkeeper in the world.

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