Man City boss Eriksson: Only Buffon can replace Schmeichel

Manchester City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson admits Kasper Schmeichel's start to the season has convinced him he does not need to buy a goalkeeper.

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It is a measure of the performances Schmeichel has produced this term that within the space of a fortnight, Eriksson has gone from emphasising the need to buy an experienced keeper to admitting he does not require another one after all.

"We have not completely forgotten about the goalkeeper but if you want to find a keeper much better than the ones we have, there few in the world to choose from," he said.

"I don't think Chelsea will sell Petr Cech and Juventus will not sell Gianluigi Buffon. But it is that sort of level you have to reach.

"There was a lot of talk about buying another goalkeeper because, at that age, when the player has no experience of the Premier League, you cannot be sure whether they will be able to handle the situation.

"But the way Kasper handled the Manchester derby made me more confident and I am not worried anymore.

"Maybe these young goalkeepers will make some mistakes because they do not have the experience.

"But that is part of football. You can't get experience sitting at home watching on TV. You have to be out on the pitch."

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