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Manchester City faces a period of uncertainty as star goalkeeper Ederson is sidelined with a thigh injury sustained during the recent clash with Liverpool.

While the extent of the setback is a major blow to the team’s title aspirations, it presents an unexpected opportunity for backup goalkeeper Stefan Ortega.

Reports from reliable sources suggest that Ederson’s position wasn’t as secure as one might think. Pep Guardiola, known for his meticulous player management, was reportedly highly impressed by Ortega’s performances last season.

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His strong showing in cup competitions, including a crucial clean sheet against Chelsea, even led Guardiola to contemplate Ortega as a potential first-choice contender this season.

While Ederson’s world-class abilities and established role remained undisputed, Ortega’s presence undoubtedly added a healthy dose of competition to the goalkeeping department.

This competition has demonstrably benefited Ederson, pushing him to maintain peak performance.

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Ortega now finds himself thrust into the limelight due to Ederson’s injury. This isn’t entirely unfamiliar territory for the German shot-stopper.

He has consistently displayed composure and reliability in his previous appearances, particularly during the FA Cup and Carabao Cup. His clean sheets against strong opposition like Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League further solidified his reputation as a capable deputy.

Adding to the narrative is Pep Guardiola’s public backing of Ortega. In a recent press conference, Guardiola acknowledged Ortega’s impact, stating, “He’s pushing Ederson a lot. A lot. The way he’s played in cup competitions so far has been exceptional.”

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This vote of confidence from the manager serves as a significant boost for Ortega and underlines Guardiola’s belief in his abilities.

With Ederson expected to be out for 3-4 weeks, Ortega will be entrusted with the responsibility of guarding the City goal during a critical period.

Upcoming fixtures include a pivotal Premier League clash against Arsenal and potentially crucial Champions League matches.

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Ortega’s performances will be under intense scrutiny. A series of impressive displays could solidify his position as a dependable first-team option, while any slip-ups could potentially jeopardize City’s title ambitions.

Regardless of the immediate outcome, Ederson’s injury presents a valuable opportunity for both City and Ortega.

The German custodian has the chance to showcase his talent on a bigger stage and potentially stake a stronger claim for the starting position in the future.

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For Manchester City, Ortega’s presence as a genuine competitor to Ederson can maintain a healthy competition within the goalkeeping department, pushing both players to perform at their best.

This newfound depth can prove crucial in the team’s pursuit of silverware across all competitions.

Ederson’s injury undoubtedly disrupts City’s plans, but it also opens the door for Ortega to potentially leave his mark.

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His performances in the coming weeks will be a fascinating watch, with the potential to shape not only the remainder of this season but also the future pecking order within Manchester City’s goalkeeping ranks.

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