Ederson has admitted that it was win or bust for Manchester City against Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium last week when Pep Guardiola’s men rose to the occasion.City secured a hard-fought 2-1 home victory against the Reds which closed the gap at the top of the Premier League table to just four points, with 17 matches remaining.Defeat would have seen the 2018 winners fall 10 points behind their rivals but the title race has now been blown wide open, with Tottenham also in the hunt, sitting two points further back in third. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Goalkeeper Ederson has confessed that the team were under pressure to produce the goods against Liverpool in front of their own fans and he hopes that now they can maintain that high level of performance until May.”For us, it was a matter of life or death,” Ederson told Sky Sports. “We knew the circumstances around the game – drawing or losing was not an option. We only contemplated winning, and we did a great game.”It was our best game in the Premier League so far, and hopefully we will continue at the same level as of now.”City have won their last four games in all competitions to bounce back from a disappointing December, with a home clash against Wolves up next on Monday.Ederson will retain his place between the sticks after a strong first half of the season, despite coming under the microscope at times for his unorthodox style in possession.The Brazil international often shows off flashes of skill and takes risks in dangerous positions, with one ‘no-look’ pass against Southampton recently the subject of intense scrutiny.He went on to reveal that his team-mates were not impressed by his antics that day, but he stands by his methods.”It was a play during the game,” Ederson continued. “The forward was pressing high and it was over very quickly. It was my only resource at that time and I executed it well”I got into the dressing room and my team-mates are telling me ‘why did you dare to do that when we were 1-0 up?”I told them that you need to have that personality and that calm as well and luckily it worked out very well.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Hardik Pandya responds to BCCI show-cause notice and apologises to India teammatesBCCI asked Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul to respond to their show cause notices within 24 hours over the comments made on Koffee with Karan.advertisement Press Trust of India SydneyJanuary 9, 2019UPDATED: January 10, 2019 07:27 IST Hardik Pandya has been under the fire for comments made at Koffee with Karan. (@hardikpandya7 Photo)Indian cricketer Hardik Pandya Wednesday responded to the BCCI show cause notice by saying that he was “sincerely regretful” for the comments he made on a TV show, which were slammed as sexist and misogynistic.In his response to the notice, which gave him 24 hours to explain himself, Pandya said he did not realise that his comments would be found offensive.”I made an appearance on the chat show where I have made certain statements without realising that these could be disrespectful and offend sensitivities of viewers for which I am sincerely regretful,” he wrote in his response, which is in PTI’s possession.”I would like to assure you that there was no malice or any sort of ill-intent on my part to offend anyone or portray any section of the society in bad light. I made these statements in the flow of the show and had not comprehended the extent to which my statements would be found offensive,” he added.The 25-year-old, who is here for the ongoing series against Australia, vowed never to repeat the behaviour.”Rest assured I hold the BCCI in highest regard and will exercise complete discretion and prudence to ensure that such incidents are never repeated in future,” he said.Pandya appeared on the show with teammate K L Rahul, who was a lot more restrained in his responses to questions on women and relationships.It is learnt that Pandya has unreservedly apologised to the Indian team management and his teammates here.Although seen in high spirits in celebratory videos circulating on social media after India’s 2-1 series’ win over Australia, Pandya has since laid low. He wasn’t part of the optional practice session at the SCG on Wednesday.advertisementHe is said to have spoken with coach Ravi Shastri and other senior members of the Indian ODI team, expressing his regret over those remarks made on “Koffee with Karan”, a chat show hosted by film-maker Karan Johar.A source, close to the player, told PTI that Pandya was “drawn into making those comments as the show producers coaxed a carefree attitude” from him and Rahul.Also Read | Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul asked to explain controversial remarks on TV show within 24 hoursAlso Read | BCCI considers barring players from non-cricket shows after Hardik Pandya controversyAlso Read | Hardik Pandya draws BCCI ire after making sexist remarks on Koffee with KaranAlso Read | Hardik Pandya apologises for misogynistic comments on Koffee with Karan: Got carried awayFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Hardik PandyaFollow BCCIFollow Koffee With Karan