Criticism on Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus unfair, says Ederson

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Rio de Janeiro, July 21 (IANS) Goalkeeper Ederson has leapt to the defence of his Brazil and Manchester City teammate Gabriel Jesus after the striker’s disappointing performances at the FIFA World Cup.

Jesus failed to score in Russia despite starting in each of Brazil’s five matches as the team’s designated center-forward, reports Xinhua news agency.

Ederson, who was a member of the Selecao’s World Cup squad but had not played, said Jesus has been unfairly criticised following the team’s quarterfinal exit.

“I think that what he needs to do now is rest and try to forget about what happened,” Ederson said. “He is young but also has experience in the national team.

“He was unlucky and a goal was the only thing missing because his work rate was very good and his positioning too. Just because he didn’t score, everybody is taking aim at him. If Brazil had won the World Cup, nobody would be criticizing him.”

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Ederson said his Brazil teammates were “inconsolable” after their 2-1 loss to Belgium in the last eight of football’s biggest tournament.

“There were no words that could have comforted the players but we have to try to keep our heads up,” the 24-year-old said.

–IANS

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