Manchester City

Pep Guardiola 'unconvinced' by Rodri penalty & hints Ederson could take one soon

Robbie Copeland
Ederson is keen to take a penalty
Ederson is keen to take a penalty / Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images

Pep Guardiola has admitted he was unconvinced by Rodri's successful penalty against Tottenham, once again hinting that keeper Ederson could step up to become Man City's spot-kick specialist.

City have a poor success rate from 12 yards since the beginning of last season and are currently without a designated taker, with Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne both injured. They have missed eight of their last 18, with Ilkay Gundogan the most recent to fluff his lines against Liverpool.

Guardiola has previously hinted that Ederson could solve that problem and the keeper seemed to want the responsibility when City won a penalty in the 3-0 victory over Spurs. He stepped forward, but was sent back by Bernardo Silva, as Rodri sent the ball beyond Hugo Lloris.

But the French keeper got a hand to it, leaving Guardiola unconvinced.

He said: "I am so delighted for Rodri, for having the courage and responsibility to take it, but the taking was not good. I have to reflect.

"I have the feeling, with the Champions League coming, Everton, these kind of situations, when you miss, it is so hard. We don't have a real specialist to take penalties. That's the reality."

Ederson would later go on to assist Gundogan with a 70-yard pass, and with the penalty issue far from being resolved, Guardiola also admitted that his keeper may soon be given the chance he has been waiting for.

"If he can play that pass from 70 yards he can shoot from 12," he said. "The quality of the shot, Ederson is the best, I know it. But taking a penalty is completely different, it is another speciality, especially here."

The Brazilian keeper has never taken a penalty in his professional career, but said last November that he trains on them regularly, and feels he is the best penalty taker in the City squad.

He said: “I don’t train much free kicks. I trained penalties and when I played for Ribeirao 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!"