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Saturday 21 April 2018

Claudio Bravo focus

Claudio Bravo kept his place despite conceding four last weekend
Claudio Bravo kept his place despite conceding four last weekend

Claudio Bravo was unable to help Manchester City to victory over Tottenham, even though his opposite number Hugo Lloris was the one with the red face after a 2-2 draw.

The scrutiny on Bravo had been intense after last weekend's 4-0 loss to Everton, when all four attempts on target found a way past the City goalkeeper, but Pep Guardiola stuck with his man for this crunch Premier League fixture.

Here, Press Association Sport assess how the under-pressure Bravo fared in the game.


Spurs, like a lot of Premier League clubs that face City now, did their best to cut off the routes to the full-backs when Bravo was on the ball and the Chilean was only too happy to go more direct for a change. Guardiola's side looked content to get the ball forward earlier and their goalkeeper appeared to be on message as he launched longer passes up-field on several occasions.


Despite a more route one-based approach, Bravo was still operating in the sweeper-keeper spot he was brought in to do. On the rare moments Spurs did foray forward beyond City's defence, Bravo was out quickly to collect the ball at the edge of his area. In this respect, he was flawless.


Tottenham did not manage an attempt on target until the 58th minute when Dele Alli pulled one back for Mauricio Pochettino's side. While Guardiola will wonder how the in-form Spurs midfielder was allowed a free header, he may also question why his goalkeeper did not try to cut out Kyle Walker's cross, or at least move across his line to make himself a more imposing figure.


Bravo was left with no chance with either of Tottenham's goals, though his detractors may highlight his poor positioning, particularly from Alli's header, and he has now been beaten with the last six attempts that have been on target. It was Lloris' lapses rather than Bravo's bloopers that were evident as the Frenchman headed into Leroy Sane for City's first before spilling into Kevin De Bruyne for their second. Ultimately his blushes were spared by his Spurs colleagues in the end.

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