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Pep Guardiola says he “would lose the team” if he did not pick United States goalkeeper Zack Steffen for Manchester City’s FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea.
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And after appearing in every round of the FA Cup this season, Guardiola said his players would not support the decision to exclude the former Columbus Crew goalkeeper, even in such a prestigious game.
“He’s going to start, I’ve always done it like that,” Guardiola said at a press conference on Friday. “Maybe we’ll win or we will lose, but if Zack doesn’t play I’m going to lose the team and it’s better to lose a game than to lose the team.
“He played really well in the FA Cup, he’s a goalkeeper for the USA national team, and when he plays he plays at a good level. He’s a lovely guy, he trains well and he deserves it. I am more than delighted. to give him the chance. “
Steffen made 10 appearances for City after returning from a one-year loan at Fortuna Düsseldorf last summer.
He replaced Ederson against Chelsea already this season in a 3-1 victory at Stamford Bridge in January, but ahead of the semi-final Guardiola urged the 26-year-old not to try to copy the Brazilian.
“He’s got personality, he’s got cool but no one in the world is like Eddie with the quality of his feet – in short, long, no one,” said Guardiola.
“I don’t want Zack to do what Eddie is doing. He has to do what he can, try to save the balls, concede as few chances as possible and then have a good game. We trust him a lot and that’s why he’s here. “