Ederson is full of confidence that Manchester City can continue to win the domestic and European treble this season. City have missed out on a typical EFL Cup win this season, a trophy they have lifted four times in a row under Pep Guardiola.
However, they are six points adrift of the Premier League title, despite having beaten their arch-rivals Liverpool, and advanced to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
Southampton stands in the way of a semi-final trip to Wembley in that tournament, with City also one foot in the last eight of the UEFA Champions League.
Last year’s runners-up thrashed Sporting CP 5-0 in the first leg of last 16 last month, meaning the game in Manchester on Wednesday should be official.
“Absolutely,” Ederson said at a press conference when asked if City had eyes on the treble, which could be the second time in Guardiola’s time after winning the EFL Cup, FA Cup, and Premier League 2018-19.
“We know how difficult it is. The season here in England is very tense especially during Boxing Day when there are a lot of games in a short period of time. That is a great need for the whole team.
“We know how hard it is, but we have the quality to do this. We have shown this before and we are showing it right now. I think we can fully achieve this success.”
The city will still win the Champions League, having lost last season to Chelsea in Porto which is very close to the club.
Last season we had a chance but lost in the final, ”said Ederson.
“Our goal is to get into every tournament to win. We have to take it to step by step to improve. We know there are challenges in every tournament. Every game has its challenges and you have to take it to step by step to win. To achieve great things in the future.”
City’s victory in Lisbon symbolized the grand prizes for a joint absence from home in the playoffs in Champions League history. Missing in the first leg of the tournament’s four-goal deficit, Barcelona famously thrashed Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 in March 2017 after a 4-0 defeat.
City have won each of their last six home games in the Champions League semi-finals and could break the previous five-time record, with Sporting failing to keep clean points in any of their last 13 away games. in this tournament, they have scored 31 goals in a row (2.4 per game).