Guardiola celebrates German goalkeeper Stefan Ortega as Arsenal’s nightmare at Manchester City

“This is German culture”
German goalkeeper knocks Pep Guardiola out

On the penultimate matchday of the Premier League, Stefan Ortega not only secured victory for Manchester City, but also the lead in the table. Coach Pep Guardiola even lays down on the ground for joy. An action in the final phase against Tottenham Hotspur stands out.

A brilliant performance from German goalkeeper Stefan Ortega has kept Manchester City on course for the title and left coach Pep Guardiola raving. “He’s saving us – otherwise Arsenal would be champions,” said the coach after the 2-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur, which took City to the top of the English football championship. The former Bielefeld Ortega came on as a substitute for the ailing Ederson in the 69th minute and made some spectacular saves and saved his team from equalizing.

“In one-on-one situations, Stefan is one of the best goalkeepers I’ve seen in my entire life,” said Guardiola. “That’s German culture – stand up, don’t sink.” Teammate Rodri also praised the 31-year-old Ortega effusively. “Stefan was just incredible. If they score 1-0, we’re out. He made three outstanding saves. I have no words,” said the Spaniard.

Guardiola looked for support after Ortega's save against Son.

Guardiola looked for support after Ortega’s save against Son.

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One of Ortega’s actions in the final phase in particular caused Guardiola and the City fans to freak out. After former Dortmund player Manuel Akanji lost the ball, South Korean Heung-Min Son ran towards the goal alone, but Ortega saved his team from equalizing with a save. Guardiola grabbed his head on the sideline and even lay down on the stadium lawn after the scene, stunned.

Shortly afterwards, star striker Erling Haaland completed the important victory with his second goal. Thanks to this success, City moved past Arsenal FC before the last matchday of the Premier League and went into the last matchday with a two-point lead. The Skyblues play on Sunday (all games at 5 p.m./Sky) at home against West Ham United, Arsenal welcomes Everton FC. City could then become the first team to win the Premier League four times in a row.

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