Both Brazilian goalkeepers want to be the starters in the national team, but for Shay Given, only Ederson deserves that position.
The Brazil national team has a big problem.
But is one of those “good problems” as they need to find who will be the starter goalkeeper for the 2019 Copa America to be played at home.
Manchester City’s Ederson and Liverpool’s Alisson, are the two contenders for the number one shirt.
And for the former Newcastle and City goalkeeper Shay Given, Ederson is that one who should be chosen for the role.
“They’re both Brazilian and they’re challenging for the number one shirt in Brazil and Alisson has that at the minute,” he told talkSPORT.
“But I’ve been doing some TV games for Man City and I just love watching Ederson play, I really do.”
“He’s so composed when he has the ball and he plays exactly how Pep Guardiola wants to play, he wants to attract opposition players out of position,” he explained.
“There could be two or three players closing Ederson down and you’re thinking ‘right, this could be panic stations now’, but he’s the calmest man in the stadium.”
“He was in a central midfielder’s position [against Wolves] and played a one-two with Fernandinho and everyone was like ‘get back in your goal!’ He just jogged back, if that was me, I’d be sprinting back to get into my box,” he remembered.
“I think I did one or two Cruyff turns in my career. But he does stepovers and rollovers, I’ve not seen a nutmeg yet but I think it’s probably around the corner – he’s that cool on the ball.”
“Taking away the stuff with his feet, Ederson’s improved so much with his hands and makes big saves in big moments in games,” Given continued.
“He makes it look easy, that’s a skill in itself, you can dive and roll around seven times and make it look better than it was, but Ederson’s got that calmness and does what needs to be done.”
“He doesn’t shout and rave at people, he’s a calming influence at the back,” the former footballer concluded.
Shay Given on Ederson vs. Alisson:
"They're both Brazilian and they're challenging for the number one shirt in Brazil and Alisson has that at the minute. But I've been doing some TV games for Man City and I just love watching Ederson play, I really do." [talkSPORT] pic.twitter.com/MGIi8OWY5Y
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