Zack Steffen remained undefeated in his time as a Manchester City goalkeeper with the American having an easy day at the office at Stamford Bridge.
Steffen filled in for the absent Ederson and made one save in a 3-1 road victory over Chelsea on Sunday. It was Steffen’s fifth win this season in goal and likely the start to a busy week with Ederson continuing to self-quarantine.
The first Maryland Terrapin to start in the Premier League.
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— Maryland Terrapins (@umterps) January 3, 2021
The U.S. Men’s National Team No. 1 almost made a vital error in the early stages in London, picking up a back pass from Rodri in the fifth minute. Thankfully though for Steffen, the free kick from Hakim Ziyech was deflected out for a corner kick.
Outside of his mental breakdown in the opening minutes, Steffen looked confident with the ball at his feet and in his distribution. The 25-year-old’s lone save came in the 55th minute after Mason Mount’s under-hit attempt fell easily into Steffen’s arms.
Steffen and his defensive teammates will be frustrated though after conceding a stoppage time goal to Callum Hudson-Odoi. Kai Havertz’s cross was put away by the fellow substitute into the bottom corner, giving Chelsea a lone consolation goal.
The victory for Man City moves them to fifth place in the Premier League table, four points back of leaders Liverpool. Up next for the club is a League Cup semifinal date with rivals Manchester United on Wednesday, another opportunity for Steffen in goal.
Pep Guardiola’s side will close out a busy week at the Etihad Stadium on January 9th against Birmingham City in FA Cup play.