Cape Town - Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson
insists the defending Premier League champions won't panic despite
slipping eight points behind leaders Liverpool.
Pep Guardiola's men already have a mountain to climb it would seem
after Sunday's shock 2-0 home defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers, which
handed the Kopites further daylight to City in second place.
The Citizens did memorably claw back a ten-point deficit on Jurgen
Klopp's outfit last season, becoming the first team since Manchester
United in 2007 to reclaim the title.
However, the champions do already look a very different animal this
time around, with a makeshift rearguard seriously struggling to cope
without the services of injured central defenders Aymeric Laporte and
Winger Leroy Sane remains out until the new year after knee surgery,
but Stones and key midfielder Kevin de Bruyne are both expected to
return from injuries after the international break.
However, City's Brazilian shot-stopper Ederson does not believe the
squad at the Etihad will be daunted by the pressure being exerted from
The 26-year-old former Benfica man said: "It's never good news to be
too far from the top of the table. But I think the Championship has
hardly started, anything can happen. I think our team must be ready to
face all the possible situations and always try to be on the top of the
table or close.
"Personally, I don't feel the pressure. Of course, there is more
pressure because it means that we have to win all the games now to catch
up with them (Liverpool), so now I hope we can have that winning
mentality to be able to win continuously."
Next up for the north-west giants is a trip to Selhurst Park to take
on a Crystal Palace outfit that have enjoyed an excellent start to the
campaign and sit just four places and two points behind City.
- TeamTalk Media