Manchester City sent out an emphatic message to the rest of the Premier League on Sunday afternoon: It’s business as usual for the centurions.
A 6-1 victory over Huddersfield kicked-off their home campaign at the Etihad Stadium in a manner which suggested that the club are still comfortably in top gear this season. Any slight fears of a title-winning hangover have been banished with back-to-back Premier League victories and it appears that Pep Guardiola’s City slickers are the team to beat once again.
From back to front the entriety of City’s immaculately oiled machine were worthy of individual praise on Sunday afternoon, especially Sergio Aguero who opened his Premier League account for the season with a hat-trick. For all of City’s awe-inspiring play in the final-third, it was actually their goalkeeper Ederson who came in for some special praise on social media for the part he played in City’s opener.
Indeed, Robbie Savage was quick to laud the Brazilian for his through ball to Aguero directly from a goal-kick which was aptly described as “absolutely ridiculous” via his Twitter account.
Great movement from aguero but the pass from ederson , absolutely ridiculous
— Robbie Savage (@RobbieSavage8) August 19, 2018
Ederson (valued at £45 million by Transfermarkt) rapidly established himself as a genuine fan-favourite last season for the calming influence he injected into Man City’s defence after signing from Benfica. His ability to use both his hands and his feet to brilliant effect was quickly recognised by the supporters who had become accustomed to holding their breath every time the ball went near Claudio Bravo’s goal in the 2016/17 season.
The quality of his distribution is arguably unrivalled in world football, and he continued to prove what an excellent footballer he is on Sunday afternoon with his incisive through ball to Aguero which dissected the Terriers defence and handed the Argentine the opportunity to open the scoring at the Etihad.
There was still plenty of work to do for Aguero when he collected the ball in the final-third, but Ederson simply couldn’t have weighted the pass any better, and the praise he received from Savage was thoroughly justified.
Aguero may well have stolen the plaudits with his emphatic chip over Ben Hamer and his subsequent hat-trick, but Ederson’s contribution more than merited a special mention in the media on an afternoon when he was otherwise a spectator between the sticks.
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