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Schmeichel Assumes Role of His Father
ESPN Soccernet, August 30th, 2007 4PM

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It seems like yesterday that the great Peter Schmeichel was the No. 1 goalkeeper at Manchester City, but now, his son Kasper has stepped into the role that used to be his just four years ago. The young Schmeichel was thrust into a starting role for Sven-Goran Eriksson's side at the beginning of the season due to injuries to City's first- and second-choice keepers, Andreas Isaksson and Joe Hart. However, owing to a string of excellent performances, Eriksson says that 20-year-old Schmeichel will remain City's first-choice keeper.

"Kasper has done very well and if I had all three of my keepers available, including Joe Hart, I can see no reason why I would change Schmeichel now," the former England coach said. "He has been absolutely perfect, so it is up to the others to show me that they are better."

Indeed, Eriksson says that Schmeichel exudes many of the qualities that made his father one of the world's best goalkeepers. "He comes off his line well and makes himself big, although his father was taller and bigger than he is," the Swede said. "His penalty save at Arsenal was excellent, and when that happened I felt we would get something from the game." Manchester City has nine points from four games and is in second place in the English Premier League table, one point behind leader Chelsea.

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