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Ederson: ‘I’m the best penalty taker at Manchester City’

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The Sky Blues no.1 is denied the opportunity to take spot-kicks by his manager despite being the most proficient in his side at them.

Kevin De Bruyne missed a potentially match-winning penalty in Manchester City’s clash against Liverpool in the Premier League earlier this month.

The Belgian playmaker was handed a chance to put his side on the front foot after Joe Gomez was penalized for a handball, but he hit the shot wide and City could only take a point from the 1-1 draw.

Man City have a habit of spurning spot-kicks looking at their recent history. Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gundogan, and Sergio Aguero all failed to convert from inside the 18-yard box between November and February last season.

Pep Guardiola later admitted that none of his outfield players were, surprisingly, as good as Ederson at penalties.

Despite the admission, Guardiola is not ready to hand his side’s penalty duty to the Brazilian goalkeeper.

“I don’t train much free-kicks. I trained penalties but when I played for Ribeirao I took some free-kicks but that is in the past now,” Ederson said during Monday’s pre-match press conference, via Goal.

“I am the best penalty taker but I am not chosen to take them! The most important thing is that we score goals and win the game.”