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Peter Schmeichel Explains How Chelsea and United May Have An Edge Over Rampant City

The former Red Devil still rates the chances of Premier League glory for Chelsea and Manchester United.

Manchester City have taken the early lead in league proceedings, and have won their last nine games in all competitions. Despite the recent absence of the talismanic Sergio Aguero, City steamrolled Stoke City 7-2 in their latest domestic outing.

With Chelsea dropping points to the likes of Burnley and Crystal Palace, and United’s goal tally coming to a halt, it’s fair to say that the blue half of Manchester are title favourites.

Peter Schmeichel, however, feels that one of City’s new recruits needs to prove himself over the course of a season in English football before Pep Guardiola’s side can be considered a safe bet.

“You need your goalkeeper to save between 12-15 points to win the Premier League,” Schmeichel told talkSPORT.

“We know De Gea can do that, he’s done more than that. We know with Courtois, he can do that.

“What we don’t know is with Ederson, can he do that?”

“He’s had a really good start but we are only in October. In that respect, I think that Chelsea and Manchester United have a little bit of an edge.”

Thibaut Courtois and David De Dea are often touted as being among the very best goalkeepers in the world, with both winning numerous individual awards while only being in their mid-twenties.

Ederson, who arrived from Benfica this summer for £35m, is well placed to match the magic duo though.

The 24-year-old has quickly adapted to Pep’s philosophy of playing out from the back, and appears unnerved at the pressures of Premier League action. Just last night in the Champions League against Napoli, the Brazilian saved a penalty from Dries Mertens – a move that prompted praise from his teammates after the 2-1 win.

 

How Ederson will cope with the pressure at the business-end of the season, particularly if a howler occurs and questions are asked, remains to be seen. If he continues in this vein, Schmeichel’s fears will be unfounded.

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Author: Chris Kelleher

Student whose interests lie in sports ranging from Darts to MMA, with the likes of Golf, Boxing and Soccer in between. Closet wrestling fan and a lover of sports psychology and stiff jabs.