Ederson hails Guardiola’s Manchester City evolution

Ederson praised Pep Guardiola’s evolution of Manchester City as he toasted 100 games in charge with an impressive victory over Arsenal on Thursday night.

Having ended his first season at the Etihad Stadium empty-handed, Guardiola lifted his first silverware in England with a 3-0 win over the Gunners in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final.

His side then dished out more punishment on Arsene Wenger’s sorry Arsenal, winning their Premier League meeting by the same scoreline as Guardiola celebrated his century in style.

The win means City now need just five more wins to sew up the league title in a campaign where they have been truly dominant.

They also remain in the hunt for a maiden Champions League trophy, with the football instilled by Guardiola going largely unmatched for much of the campaign.

“The manager has evolved the way that Manchester City play,” Ederson – who saved a second-half Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang penalty – told the club’s official website.

“We have to congratulate him for the milestone. I hope he can make at least 100 more games as Manchester City manager.”

If City are to wrap up the title in their next five games, they must overcome Chelsea, Stoke, Everton, Manchester United and Tottenham.

That run begins with the visit of reigning champions Chelsea on Sunday, with Ederson aware that there is still work to be done.

“Obviously it is very important for us we are starting the last part of the season,” he said.

“We knew how important this game was and that we needed to win. We entered the game really, really focused and we controlled and dominated, we deserved the win and it is the third win of the season over Arsenal which is very good for us.

“We will now start focusing on Chelsea – I think it is going to be really tough, Chelsea has a lot of talented players but we are in good shape and we are very confident.”

Kyle Walker could be missing for Sunday’s game after limping off at Arsenal with a thigh problem.

His England team-mate Raheem Sterling could also remain on the sidelines as he recovers from a muscular problem while Fernandinho’s hamstring issue will keep him out as Fabian Delph serves the last game of a three-match ban.

Football Paradise Staff Reporter

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