Thursday 12 December 2019

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola: Claudio Bravo will adapt to Premier League

Claudio Bravo is still to convince at Manchester City
Claudio Bravo is still to convince at Manchester City

Pep Guardiola has no doubt goalkeeper Claudio Bravo can establish himself in the Premier League.

The Chilean has had a mixed start at Manchester City since England number one Joe Hart was surprisingly jettisoned by manager Guardiola earlier in the season.

Bravo, signed from Barcelona for £15.4million to replace Hart in August, was brought in on the basis of his superior footwork but some other areas of his goalkeeping have attracted criticism.

This was further fuelled - although City claimed there was a foul - as the 33-year-old missed a cross prior to a Burnley goal at the Etihad Stadium on Monday.

Guardiola says Bravo does not need other people to tell him how to do his job and is confident he will settle.

Guardiola said: "He's intelligent enough, he has experience enough, he was nominated one of the five best keepers in the world.

"He has experience in Europe, all around the world, in South America, where the intensity of the games is so tough there.

"He realised immediately with these sort of balls into the box he had to be careful. He realises himself.

"It's not necessary to read the newspapers or the comments of the coach saying, 'Go there, be careful here, it's quite different'."

Guardiola claims Bravo is being unfairly singled out when people mention he needs to adapt to the English game. To him it seems other newcomers get an easier ride.

He said: "He has to adapt but all the goalkeepers, central defenders, full-backs and strikers do.

"I know people are focused on Claudio but why does Claudio need to adapt and others don't?

"I see many goalkeepers who had the same problems as Claudio with these balls and when they fight for them. It's not only Claudio Bravo in this way."

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