Ederson: First season at Man City has been nearly flawless


During Pep Guardiola's first season in England there were plenty of pundits wondering if the Spaniard could translate his success in Spain and Germany to the more physical demands of the Premier League without diluting his football philosophy. We are good too, like the other ones.' And maybe that helps us.

That's despite "only" scoring 21 goals in the league - a tally he's bettered on three previous occasions. Guardiola himself said last week that repeating this season's achievements would be "impossible".

"He came in two years ago and changed the way we play". "Manchester City, we won it for you" chanted West Brom fans at full-time as United supporters began jeering in frustration at their side gift-wrapping the title for City.

It's an incredible team that's been picked - chosen by players in the Premier League - and includes all the best performers.

Not too many observers saw those sort of records tumbling after Guardiola's first season of acclimatisation.

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Aguero, who will miss the rest of the season after knee surgery, became City's all-time leading goalscorer this term and he is now just one away from 200 strikes for the club after another typically prolific campaign.

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City's top priority in the close-season will be securing the services of former Bayern Munich and Barcelona chief Guardiola, who also led his team to League Cup glory in February, for longer than the one year remaining on his contract. "It's been a pleasure to play with this team and be part of everything we've achieved this season". The manager had one answer, "I only know one criteria, it's the way you play". Only in the last 10 days, as they lost to United and were knocked out of the Champions League quarter-finals by Liverpool, had City's quality been called into question.

City's recruitment policy is likely to see them once again keep an eye on the future, with the likes of Ederson, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus having already been acquired with long-term success in mind. Few have the luxury of Liverpool's clinical forward line of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, though.

Kompany said after winning the league that there is so much more potential to be unlocked in the blue half of Manchester.

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I know from the first year to the second year I thought I learned quite a bit about protecting myself. He said: "You've gotta fight that". "It's human nature to want to be on that podium and be that guy".