Guardiola: Without Ortega save Arsenal are champions

15 May 2024

Man City boss says goalkeeper's superb stop has kept them in control of the title race

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Why Ortega's save is THE defining moment in title race

Pep Guardiola hailed goalkeeper Stefan Ortega for his crucial save to deny Son Heung-min during Manchester City’s 2-0 win at Tottenham Hotpsur which sent them back to the top of the Premier League.

The German replaced Ederson in the 69th minute and after making several important stops, he would save his best until last when he brilliantly denied the Spurs captain in a one-on-one, with City only 1-0 ahead at the time.

Stunned by what he had just witnessed, Guardiola fell to the ground in disbelief. 

Watch Ortega’s save and Pep’s reaction

“He defined, I would say, how the team is a team. Ortega saved the actions otherwise Arsenal will be champions,” Guardiola told the club’s official website.

“Do you know how many times Son punished us in the last seven or eight years?

“I said ‘No, not again.’ But Stefan made an incredible save. He has this talent. In one-on-ones, he is one of the best 'keepers I’ve ever seen in my life.

“It’s the German culture, stand up, don’t go down, it’s really, really good. He’s played in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup, Ederson has four times setback for injuries.

“He’s so reliable and an incredible 'keeper. The club made an incredible decision to bring him here.”

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