Guardiola To Hand Zack Steffen Premier League Debut Against Chelsea

Manchester City are set to hand goalkeeper Zack Steffen his Premier League debut at Chelsea today (Sunday) following the Covid-19 outbreak at the Etihad.

City have confirmed five players will miss the game after testing positive.

The 6ft 2in Philadelphia-born keeper was signed from Columbus Crew in 2019 and spent last season on loan with Fortuna Dusseldorf, where his appearances were restricted by a knee injury.

Steffen has played four times for City in cup games this season and has won 18 USA caps, including a clean sheet against Wales in November.

Man City boss Pep Guardiola said of the 25-year-old keeper after his debut against Bournemouth in the League Cup: ‘He was calm. He was safe. He gave a good performance.’

The City manager, who lost his mother to Covid earlier in the pandemic, says football is not unique in having to deal with upheaval.

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‘All around the world people are managing a strange and unusual situation. The best way is to adapt. Sometimes you have to take decisions day-by-day as things happen,’ he said.