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Ederson: Retaining the Premier League will not be easy

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Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson concedes that retaining their Premier League crown this season will be no easy feat

Pep Guardiola’s side had a remarkable record-breaking campaign in the English top-flight last season and defeated Arsenal 3-0 to claim the Carabao Cup as well.

But City have not enjoyed the same impeccable start they had last season after losing their Champions League opener at home to Lyon 2-1 on Tuesday evening.

Now Ederson has urged the team to respond immediately.

“We have the capacity to overcome this situation, obviously we would have preferred to start the Champions League with a win but it’s about keeping our heads up, focus on the next game and display the football we have been playing all along,” Ederson said on Sky Sports.

“We are aware it’s going to be difficult, last season we had almost the perfect season, reached our targets, and breaking records and winning is going to be really tough.

“How difficult it has been to retain the title for teams shows how competitive this division is and how difficult it is to win, but I think if we can keep the same style, ethic and way of working we will have chances to win the league.

“I think our manager (Pep Guardiola) is a really ambitious manager, he wants to win and play well and that’s the message he passes onto us.

“It’s the message I’ve heard since the beginning, since I arrived, this winning mentality. We absorb it well; obviously we are not going to win and beat records all the time, but if we keep working hard we can get far.”

City will face a trip away to Cardiff City this Saturday in the Premier League.