Manchester City backup goalkeeper Zack Steffen makes shaky start to Premier League debut… bizarrely picking up a back-pass after just four minutes against Chelsea as he stands-in for self-isolating Ederson
- Manchester City took on Chelsea on Sunday in the wake of their Covid-19 crisis
- The Citizens had five players ruled-out in self isolation, including Ederson
- American keeper Zack Steffen stepped-in to make his Premier League debut
- The 25-year-old had a rocky start to the match, picking-up a back-pass early on
Manchester City’s Covid-19 outbreak almost cost them instantly against Chelsea, with stand-in keeper Zack Steffen baffling his team-mates by picking up a back-pass.
Five of Pep Guardiola’s stars were forced to watch the Stamford Bridge clash from self-isolation, including Kyle Walker, Gabriel Jesus and Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson.
American stopper Steffen replaced City’s No.1 for the clash, and was in trouble just four minutes in – picking up a back-pass and gifting the Blues a free-kick.
Stand-in Man City keeper Zack Steffen made an early error on his Premier League debut
The American replaced No 1 keeper Ederson for the clash with the Brazilian in self-isolation
Steffen survived his dodgy opening minutes to hold a clean-sheet at the half-time break
Steffen escaped a yellow card but had to face a Hakim Ziyech free-kick from a strong position, but the Blues’ Moroccan dead-ball specialist couldn’t take advantage.
Chelsea pressed the visitors hard early in the game and it looked like the 25-year-old would be required to fulfil Ederson’s role of a play-making keeper.
However, City quickly took the pressure off the backup stopper, taking control of the match and roaring into the half-time break 3-0 up.
Steffen has been City’s backup goalkeeper this season, including a Champions League debut
The US international and former Columbus Crew No.1 has started all of City’s three Carabao Cup victories so far this season and even made his Champions League debut with a clean-sheet against Marseille.
Steffen spent last season on-loan with Fortuna Dusseldorf in the Bundesliga, starting all of theor first 17 games before a knee injury ruled him out for the rest of the campaign – watching from the sidelines as the club were relegated in 17th.
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