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Ederson makes stunning Champions League final claim as Ferran Torres sends message to Pep Guardiola ahead of Chelsea clash

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Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson says that if the Champions League final against Chelsea goes down to penalties, he will be taking one for Pep Guardiola’s side.

The all-English final is set to take place in Porto on Saturday night, with Man City in the final for the first time in their history, while Chelsea will be looking to pick up their second title after the infamous win against Bayern Munich back in 2012.

The 27-year-old is famed for his ability with his feet since joining City, forming a key part of Guardiola’s style with his technique and passing out from the back to help build attacks.

Chelsea came out on top in both of the last two meetings between the sides, claiming a victory in the FA Cup semi-final last month before beating City on their own turf earlier this month thanks to a late goal from Marcos Alonso.

With margins between the two teams likely to be tight once more in a cup final, penalty shootouts could come into play.

Both Champions League finals Chelsea have taken part in have gone to penalties – with the win against Bayern Munich and a loss against Manchester United in 2008.

But should it come down to that again this year, Tuchel’s side will have something new to compete with.

“I am [on the list to take a penalty],” Ederson told TNT Sports. “I don’t need to train that much, but the fifth one, I’m taking it.

“The last one, the decisive, I’ll ask for it…”

Ederson has previously stated that he is the best penalty taker at Manchester City, but is not allowed to take them.

“I don’t train much free-kicks. I trained penalties and when I played for Riberao I took some free-kicks but that is in the past now. I am the best penalty taker but I am not chosen to take them.”

Ferran Torres send message to Pep Gaurdiola about Champions League final start for Manchester city.

Ferran Torres admits Manchester City will need luck on their side to win the Champions League final, as he said the whole squad will be needed to beat Chelsea in Porto on Saturday, himself included.

Torres looks set for a start on the bench in arguably City’s biggest-ever game, after threatening to break into Pep Guardiola’s first choice starting XI with a brilliant hat-trick against Newcastle.

However, Torres was sacrificed early in the next game at Brighton following Joao Cancelo’s red card and was deprived of the chance to play his way into contention.

Torres is City’s joint-top scorer in the Champions League this season with four goals, but has played half the amount of games as Riyad Mahrez, also on four.

And the Spaniard says the squad are aware that everyone will be needed to be ready to be called upon in Porto as the Blues look to bring back the European Cup.

“When you play Champions League you are facing the best teams in Europe,” he said.

“You also need a bit of luck in certain moments of the game. I think the team has made a step forward in terms of experience in the competition. We didn’t start the best way, but as the season went along, we have grown a lot as a team and we deserve to be where we are now.

“In the Premier League, you spend the whole year fighting for it, but the Champions League is special. Every player wants to win it and especially Manchester City as it could be the first one in our history. To win the Champions League you need the whole squad plugged in because everyone is going to be important at some point of the game.

“It’s true, we don’t have a top scorer this season, but we have many players that can scoregoals and that is one of the main strengths of this team.”

He credits Pep Guardiola with bringing on his game in such a small space of time as he can now offer City a pacey option across the front three.

He said: “Playing under Pep Guardiola’s command you improve as a player and as a team. I have learnt a lot this season, especially playing in positions on the pitch that I wasn’t used to and also the learnings on the day-to-day of one of the best clubs in the world.

“Pep Guardiola thinks about football 24/7. He has helped me a lot to grow as a player in my first year here. He’s helped me to learn how to play in different positions. He has taught me how to play as a left-winger – I wasn’t used to that! Also, he has taught me how to play as a false nine, especially at the beginning of the season.

“I’m very grateful to him, because he gets involved individually in the growth and the development of the players. He gives you the key factors to play in different positions on the pitch and I think that is making me grow as a player and as a person.”

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Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea set to battle it out for Atletico Madrid forward

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Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea are all set to battle it out for Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix.

Felix has endured a difficult start to the season for Atletico and is yet to score in five starts in the league.

Last season wasn’t much better for Felix, only managing 24 league starts.
With competition up top including French international Antoine Griezmann, Felix is often used as a rotation option under Diego Simeone.

Now, according to Fichajes, a move to the Premier League could be on the cards, with Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal all interested in signing the striker.

Both Manchester United and Chelsea will need to find a long-term replacement for their current first-choice strikers.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are both reaching the latter stage of their careers for their respective clubs, so bringing a player with a similar age profile to Felix would be a smart move.

A move to Arsenal may not benefit Felix’s development as much, with Gabriel Jesus performing exceptionally well for the North London club and still only 25 years old.

 

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Manchester United transfer news RECAP plus fixture updates and Cody Gakpo latest

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Manchester United and fellow Premier League clubs are counting down the days until they can strike-up further business in the transfer market. Erik ten Hag welcomed six players to Old Trafford during his first window and they have all made their mark in the starting XI.

Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez have all quickly become mainstays, while Antony broke a record set by Zlatan Ibrahimovic when he scored on Sunday night. That 2-1 victory over Everton also saw former Real Madrid player Casemiro handed his first Premier League start for the club.

Martin Dubravka was the other recruit, signing on a season-long loan from Newcastle.

With one eye on January and future windows, meanwhile, United are understood to still have Frenkie de Jong on their radar, while elite clubs from across Europe will be queuing up for Jude Bellingham should he decided to leave Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund in the near transfer window.
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So good’: Reece James and Carney Chukwuemeka react to display from £135m star Chelsea reportedly want to sign

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Jude Bellingham shined yet again last night for Borussia Dortmund on the Champions League stage, which received some interesting reaction from a Chelsea perspective.

England star Bellingham, 19, scored in Dortmund’s 1-1 draw against Sevilla. It means the teenage midfielder has now scored in all four Champions League group stage matches so far this season

Afterwards, Bellingham posted on Instagram “more to do” following Dortmund’s midweek result in Europe.

There were some interesting replies in the comment section, especially from two current Chelsea stars.

“Another day at the office”, Reece James posted.

Carney Chukwuemeka added: “So, so good”.

Bellingham in Champions League

Another Bellingham masterclass in the Champions League highlights why Chelsea, along with other elite teams, are linked with his signature.

German publication Bild report that Chelsea are now favourites to sign Bellingham ahead of the likes of Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Another Bellingham masterclass in the Champions League highlights why Chelsea, along with other elite teams, are linked with his signature.

German publication Bild report that Chelsea are now favourites to sign Bellingham ahead of the likes of Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Bellingham plays alongside plenty of Chelsea stars on the international stage with England, so let’s hope they can put in a good word to try tempt him to the Bridge.

He’s an all – action central midfielder that offers so much both offensively and defensively.

 

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