Ederson believes Manchester City’s defence is more consistent this season

Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson believes the club’s defence has made an improvement this term when compared to the previous campaign. The Cityzens were unable to defend their title last season as they finished 18 points behind Liverpool at the top of the table and they are hoping to produce a much better showing this time around.

They have picked up 15 points after nine games into the season and are six points behind leaders Tottenham Hotspur with one match in hand. Speaking in a recent briefing, Ederson said that the defensive displays have improved from last term, but there is still the need for some fine tuning with the arrival of new players.

He told: “I think defence is more consistent now. We are developing little by little. It requires tone. We have new players, less injuries than last season. We know when one or two centre backs get injured and play Fernan dinho there, it’s hard. Now we play with first choice centre-backs, it is easier and makes us more solid.”

Ederson has been able to make himself a regular with the national side through his displays with the Cityzens, but has made come positional errors which have cost the team with valuable points. When asked about his progress, he added: “I feel I have developed a lot since coming here, particularly training under Pep Guardiola. He gets the best out of his players. My style influences the team. I’m a player who is looked for during the game and that is responsibility. A mistake ends in a goal, but I am ready for all circumstances.”

The Mancunian giants are scheduled to face Porto in the Champions League on Tuesday night and they need just one point to secure the top spot. The club have bagged the perfect tally of 12 points from four matches and they will be favourites to beat the Portuguese outfit with Pep Guardiola bound to play his best XI against them.