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Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy could face an unusual situation if the Champions League final goes to penalties this weekend. Chelsea face Manchester City in their biggest game of the season on Saturday and, if the game goes the distance, Mendy could end up trying to keep his opposite number out.
Man City have struggled from the spot this season, with four different players guilty of missing from 12 yards.
Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Ilkay Gundogan and – most memorably – Sergio Aguero have all failed to convert from the spot – and it is not a new problem for Pep Guardiola’s side.
City also missed six of their 16 penalties last season, with no player managing to nail down the role for the Premier League champions.
Guardiola joked last season that goalkeeper Ederson – who has never taken a penalty in his professional career – could be handed the responsibility.
That eventuality became a “half joke” in February after Gundogan smashed a penalty over the bar in the 4-1 win over Liverpool and it could become a reality in Porto on Saturday night.
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“If the final goes to penalties, I’m going to ask to take it because I’m ready for it,” Ederson told the Manchester Evening News.
“In training sessions sometimes I practise taking them like if it was a game.
“It’s true that our scoring rate on penalties isn’t the best, we missed some during the season, but the team is ready for any outcome during the game.
“I just hope we can win the game and win the title no matter the way.”
Ederson has shown on many occasions the ability he has with the ball at his feet, with the Brazilian picking up a rare assist for Gundogan’s goal against Tottenham in February.
After that unexpected piece of skill, Guardiola joked about using his goalkeeper in another role.
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He said: “When I talk about Ederson and penalties, you see his assist, 60-70 yards, well then he will score from 12 yards.”
While he has just the one assist for Man City this season, Ederson has now picked up three in total for the club and was instrumental in the scoring of another crucial goal.
It was his perfectly weighted and accurate pass out wide to Oleksandr Zinchenko which started the move from which Riyad Mahrez scored the first goal in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final earlier this month.
So could Ederson actually be an option on Saturday night against Chelsea? Both the man himself and his manager seem convinced.
“He is an option because I am pretty sure he’s a good taker,” Guardiola said in February.
“A penalty taker has to be the personality with huge confidence in himself.”
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