20 October 2016
Manchester City gaffer, Pep Guardiola has insisted goalkeeper, Claudio Bravo will remain City’s first choice despite his most recent error on Wednesday night against Barcelona at Camp Nou in the Champions League.
Bravo’s error condemned him to receiving his marching orders in the second half of the match the Citizens went on to lose by 4 – 0.
To a large extent, Bravo will have to take a hefty chunk of the blame for the embarrassing defeat as City still had a good chance in the contest until his sending off. They were only a goal down and were creating chances at the time.
Bravo’s pass from outside the area was cut out by Luiz Suarez. Suarez then tried to shoot over the goalkeeper’s head but he handled the ball outside the 18 yard area, leaving the referee with no choice but to show him the red card.
Right in front of Camp Nou fans who this time last season were chanting for him, Bravo was disgracefully sent off.
Speaking after the match, Guardiola insisted Bravo will not be dropped as fist choice. He said: “There will be no change (of goalkeeper). It stays the same.”
Guardiola explained further that “football is a game of mistakes. He knows what he did, he has a lot of experience and he’s one of the best goalkeepers in the last 10 years.”
Speaking about City’s chances in the game before the red card, Guardiola admitted that “it’s difficult enough to play Barcelona with 11 men, with 10 the game was over”.
Guardiola used the opportunity to respond to critics who had criticised his style of play which requires passing the ball right from the goalkeeper, through the defence to attack.
He said: “I’m sorry but until the last day of my career as a coach I will try to play from our goalkeeper”.