Bravo gets Guardiola backing

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola claims much-maligned goalkeeper Claudio Bravo put in an excellent performance against Huddersfiled in the FA Cup.

The claim will have many people scratching their heads after a match that City so clearly dominated. Looking at the stats, it is even more perplexing as Huddersfield had just one shot on target and it squirmed underneath Bravo into the back of the net.

Guardiola’s reaction may be an attempt to try and rebuild the confidence of his goalkeeper, who has been universally panned by media in England this season.

“The most important thing for keepers is to save the balls with their hands, but the way I believe in playing football – from when I grew up as a little boy and my conscious awareness as a human being and as a trainer – what I want to do is so important,” he said.

“To take decisions like Claudio Bravo did in the last game was a masterpiece, how he took decisions, short and right, left, along and behind.

“We knew Huddersfield would be high pressing. For example they would press to Kevin De Bruyne, to Fernandinho and the space was in behind them.

“How he put the ball there – it wasn’t a long ball, it was a pass. How he took the decisions right all the time, it was really perfect, definitely what I want from Claudio.”

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