Man City have been cursed from the penalty spot this season.
The Citizens have missed their last four spot-kicks since December.
Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gundogan and Sergio Aguero have all been guilty of wasting golden opportunities from 12 yards.
Fortunately, just one of those misses have come back to haunt them as Tottenham went on to win 2-0 after Gundogan’s first-half miss earlier this month.
City’s most recent blunder came in Saturday’s 1-0 win at Leicester when Aguero’s penalty was saved by Kasper Schmeichel.
Luckily for the Premier League champions and Aguero, Gabriel Jesus came off the bench to net a winner 10 minutes from time.
Following the victory, Guardiola remained confident it will be fifth time lucky for his side.
He said: “It’s not normal for the quality we have, but like I said to them the next one we’re going to score.
“The taker will practice and be convinced and do it. Next time we’re going to score and maybe it will be when we need it the most.”
Last month, Guardiola bizarrely claimed City goalkeeper Ederson was the club’s best penalty taker.
Man City’s last four missed penalties
- Raheem Sterling vs Wolves, December 2019
- Gabriel Jesus vs Sheffield United, January 2020
- Ilkay Gundogan vs Tottenham, February 2020
- Sergio Aguero vs Leicester, February 2020
The Brazilian is one of the world’s best goalkeepers and well known for his skill with his feet, mainly due to his excellent range of passing.
And Guardiola believes he is a better striker of the ball than Aguero and co from the spot.
He said: “Ederson is the best. Believe me, he’s the best taker we have in penalties.
“Eddy has no blood in his veins, he’s so calm so he could do it.”
Guardiola could be on to something, though, as Ederson scored a penalty in a friendly game in Brazil last summer.
While playing outfield, the 26-year-old coolly slotted home a penalty into the bottom left corner.
Ederson has even expressed a desire to be City’s first-choice penalty taker.
During a 5-0 win over Swansea in April 2018, City were awarded the chance to go 4-0 up with a penalty.
Jesus stepped up and missed, but Bernardo Silva netted the rebound.
Ederson insisted he would have scored the penalty if Guardiola had given him the go-ahead.
He said: “I heard them [the fans] chanting my name, asking me to take the penalty, but Gabriel went there.
“Unfortunately, he missed it and Bernardo, fortunately, scored, but if the manager had asked me to go there, I would have definitely scored.
“I’m not sure if I would be able to do set-pieces, but I’m good at penalties, either using power or technique when I’m shooting.
“City have their regular penalty takers and we have good options, but if Pep asks me to take it, I’m there. Hopefully it will happen. I’d like to score.”
The club’s overall record has also been disappointing under Guardiola.
Manchester City penalty record under Pep Guardiola in all competitions
2019/20 – Penalty success rate = 66.7 per cent (10 scored from 15)
2018/19 – Penalty success rate = 73.7 per cent (14 scored from 19)
2017/18 – Penalty success rate = 77.8 per cent (14 scored from 18)
2016/17 – Penalty success rate = 71.4 per cent (10 scored from 14)
It could be a sign of disrespect towards the opposition to have a goalkeeper take a penalty during a professional game of football.
However, they are running out of options – but history is also on their side on this matter.
The first ever recorded competitive goal from a goalkeeper was from one of their own – Charlie Williams in a 1900 clash with Sunderland at Roker Park, although this was a booming a goal kick over opposite number J.E. Doig.
Will they turn to Ederson in a time of need? Only time will tell.
He wouldn’t be the first penalty-scoring goalkeeper in the Champions League though – Hans Jorg Butt scored three in his career all for different clubs (Hamburg, Bayer Leverkusen, and Bayern Munich) and they all came against Juventus.