Man City duo Ederson and Gabriel Jesus appear at City Football Group club before Club Brugge fixture
Manchester City duo Ederson and Gabriel Jesus have flown straight from Brazil to Belgium in order to be ready for the Champions League fixture at Club Brugge on Tuesday.
Ederson and Jesu s both started Brazil’s win over Uruguay in Manaus in the early hours of Friday morning, and were ruled out of City’s Premier League win against Burnley on Saturday as there was not enough time to travel back and recover between games.
Instead, the pair have flown straight to Belgium, with City’s sister club Lommel SK tweeting on Sunday that they would be guests of honour for their second division fixture against Mouscron.
City face Club Brugge on Tuesday in the Champions League, with Ederson and Jesus to make the 100-mile journey from Lommel in the north east of the country to Bruges in the north west to join City’s squad on Monday.
Lommel tweeted: “Today we can welcome 2 special guests for our match against Mouscron. Man City stars Ederson Moraes and Gabriel Jesus are coming to cheer on our Lommel SK today!”
The City Football Group last year, and have already sent a number of players on loan to the Belgian side. Brazilian Diego Rosa, who trained with City over the summer, started for Lommel on Sunday, while forgotten loanee Daniel Arzani was named on the bench. Kluiverth Aguilar, also on loan from City, was not in the squad.
Ederson sent a message to his City teammates on Saturday after the Burnley win, posting to Instagram saying: “Three points. Well done boys.”
Zack Steffen deputised on Saturday, keeping a clean sheet, and earning praise from Pep Guardiola, who credited the entire goalkeeping department at the club.
“With the last games he played in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup, and today, he’s growing incredibly fast and well as a keeper, working on-site with Xabi [Mancisidor] and Richard [Wright],” said Guardiola.
“He’s a much better keeper than when he arrived because we have maybe the best keeper trainer in the world. We have incredible confidence with him because when he has to save the ball he saves it. We’re very happy and delighted with what he has done.”