Claudio Bravo is already Manchester City’s first-choice goalkeeper, of that there is no doubt. And according to the man himself, it was the promise of a weekly start that motivated his switch from the Camp Nou to the Etihad Stadium this summer.
Speaking on Cadena SER’s El Larguero program, the Chilean international explained his decision to join Pep Guardiola in Manchester:
“It was not me that was [first-choice] at Barca, it was Ter Stegen. I was very sincere, I did not want to sit on the bench. It’s not my thing. And they understood.
“In Barcelona I always devoted myself to doing my best, I always felt the support.”
Bravo endured a difficult debut for City, spilling a high ball that led to United’s goal that put them back in the Manchester derby. Despite that, his footwork and passing were crucial in City’s build-up play and he has since kept two clean sheets in back to back 4-0 victories for the Blues.
The 33-year-old has averaged 43 passes in his two starts for City, with a 78.4% accuracy – numbers that resemble those of an outfield player more than a typical Premier League goalkeeper.
For Pep Guardiola, a goalkeeper with a high level of technical ability is crucial to his style, which led to the contentious decision to drop and ultimately loan out fan favourite Joe Hart recently.