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Ederson Owes Ability With Feet to Futsal

Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson says that playing futsal as a child has helped him to become so proficient with his feet. The Brazilian has caught the eye with his impressive distribution since joining City from Benfica in the summer.

The City goalkeeper also played left-back during his academy days, but he says that futsal developed his footwork at a young age. “I think my footwork is influenced from having started as a full-back. Also I played futsal and that helped me a lot,” he told the Telegraph.

“I used to play as a goleiro-linha’ (fifth man), it's a goalkeeper that plays a lot with his feet. So we used to attack with five players and defend with five players. From that period, I had my shooting skills and good footwork.”

Ederson revealed that a conversation with Pep Guardiola last summer convinced him of his importance to the City setup, “He told me about the importance of the build-up, but also about the ‘mid-balls’ and with me he could also have ‘long-balls’, so our game was going to be more complete.

“So when I started training here, we worked a lot on that, the short, mid and long-balls. Training session after training session I got used to it and kept improving. Every day I learn something new.”

 
 

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