Manchester City keeper Ederson wants to take crucial fifth penalty if Champions League final vs Chelsea goes to shootoutMay 29, 2021
EDERSON revealed he is on the list and wants to take the crucial fifth penalty should the Champions League final go to a shootout.
The Manchester City goalkeeper, 27, has earned plenty of plaudits for his ball-playing ability with his feet and is clinical in training.
And knowing of his team-mates' struggles from the spot over the past couple of seasons, he is prepared to put himself forward when the pressure is on.
City take on Chelsea in an all-English final in Porto on Saturday night and if the scores are level after extra-time, it will be decided with spot-kicks.
Ederson, certain to start in goal, told TNT Sports: "I am [on the list].
"I don't need to train much, but the fifth one, I'm taking it. The decisive one.
"I think I'll take the fifth one."
He added to the Manchester Evening News: "If the final goes to penalties, I'm going to ask to take it because I'm ready for it.
"In training sessions sometimes I practise taking them like if it was a game.
“It's true that our scoring rate on penalties isn't the best, we missed some during the season, but the team is ready for any outcome during the game."
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Ederson and City romped their way to a third Premier League title in four years this season, finishing the season with 5-0 win over Everton in which the Brazilian saved his first penalty in three years.
But Pep Guardiola's men have not found it easy converting their chances from 12 yards in recent times.
Since the beginning of the 2019-20 season, the Citizens have won 27 penalties.
But of those, a whopping TEN have missed, including four of 11 this term, the latest Sergio Aguero's failed Panenka against Chelsea.
Aguero has missed two, as have Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling three and Kevin De Bruyne one.
Man City penalty record since 2019-20
10/08/2019 Sergio AGUERO vs West Ham (Scored)
21/09/2019 Sergio AGUERO vs Watford (Scored)
22/10/2019 Sergio AGUERO vs Atalanta (Scored)
06/11/2019 Gabriel JESUS vs Atalanta (Missed)
21/12/2019 Ilkay GUNDOGAN vs Leicester (Scored)
27/12/2019 Raheem STERLING vs Wolves (Missed)
21/01/2020 Gabriel JESUS vs Sheffield Utd (Missed)
26/01/2020 Ilkay GUNDOGAN vs Fulham (Scored)
02/02/2020 Ilkay GUNDOGAN vs Tottenham (Missed)
22/02/2020 Sergio AGUERO vs Leicester (Missed)
26/02/2020 Kevin DE BRUYNE vs Real Madrid (Scored)
17/06/2020 Kevin DE BRUYNE vs Arsenal (Scored)
22/06/2020 Riyad MAHREZ vs Burnley (Scored)
28/06/2020 Kevin DE BRUYNE vs Newcastle (Scored)
02/07/2020 Kevin DE BRUYNE vs Liverpool (Scored)
21/07/2020 Raheem STERLING vs Watford (Missed)
21/09/2020 Kevin DE BRUYNE vs Wolves (Scored)
21/10/2020 Sergio AGUERO vs Porto (Scored)
08/11/2020 Kevin DE BRUYNE vs Liverpool (Missed)
05/12/2020 Kevin DE BRUYNE vs Fulham (Scored)
13/01/2021 Raheem STERLING vs Brighton (Missed)
20/01/2021 Ilkay Gundogan vs Aston Villa (Scored)
07/02/2021 Ilkay Gundogan vs Liverpool (Missed)
13/02/2021 Rodri vs Tottenham (Scored)
13/03/2021 Sergio AGUERO vs Fulham (Scored)
14/04/2021 Riyad MAHREZ vs Borussia Dortmund (Scored)
08/05/2021 Sergio AGUERO vs Chelsea (Missed)
After Gundogan failed to convert against Liverpool in February, there was a suggestion the two-time Golden Glove winner could be the new City penalty taker.
Guardiola said: "Ederson is an option because I am pretty sure he's a good taker. A penalty taker has to be the personality with huge confidence in himself."
And he may get inspiration from compatriot and fellow goalkeeper Alisson after his goalscoring heroics for Liverpool against West Brom.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are into their third Champions League final – with both of their previous appearances going to a shootout.
John Terry's slip proved crucial in the 2008 defeat to Manchester United before Didier Drogba sealed the win over Bayern Munich four years later.
Stopper Edouard Mendy made the easy stop to catch Aguero's effort earlier in May taking his tally to two from 26 compared to Ederson's seven out of 46.
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