By Danny Murphy For The Mail On Sunday
Published: 22:39 BST, 20 April 2019 | Updated: 22:51 BST, 20 April 2019
Manchester City's outfield players have rightly received great praise this season — but nobody bounced back from adversity on Saturday better than their goalkeeper Ederson.
For all their fabulous football, it was more about character, spirit and a strong mentality for City on this occasion as they faced Spurs again just a few days after crashing out of the Champions League to the same team in the most horrible circumstances imaginable.
Ederson, who has been brilliant for Pep Guardiola, would have been hurting badly after his mistake against Son Heung-min in the first leg that ultimately proved so costly.
Ederson (right) made multiple important saves as Manchester City beat Spurs on Saturday
For him to stand strong and make the saves he did in a game of such importance would have done him the world of good. The fact the first two were one-on-ones against Son wouldn't have hurt either.
He needed to come out of his goal quickly and judge the angles perfectly, and that's what he did.
Sometimes it's easier being a goalkeeper in an average team because concentration isn't an issue — you see plenty of action. City's goalkeeper will often stand in the penalty area and watch his team-mates control the ball and dominate possession. You are only needed sporadically and it's hard then to stay