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Claudio Bravo’s Manchester City fairytale slowing turning into a nightmare

Claudio Bravo reacts

Manchester City were back to winning ways when they defeated a resurgent Hull City 3-1 on the weekend. City were dominant for the majority of the game as they eased past a Hull side that is rejuvenated under Marco Silva. City scored their goals through Fabian Delph, Sergio Aguero and an Ahmed Elmohamady own goal. But their victory was marred by yet another howler from under-fire goalkeeper Claudio Bravo. The Chilean has been under intense scrutiny ever since his move to the Etihad from Barcelona and has been deemed a flop by experts and fans alike.

 

Bravo was expected to suit Pep Guardiola's style of play, playing out from the back, but a goalkeeper's first job is shot stopping, and Bravo has been extremely average in that regard. The Chilean conceded 7 goals from the 7 shots he has faced so far – a horrible record at the top level.

 

 

Bravo was a hugely reliable goalkeeper at Barcelona and was an integral member of their squad which won back to back La Liga titles. But one thing which both Guardiola and the player must admit is that his move to City has not been a success, and Guardiola should stop pretending as if it is. Bravo has been deemed as the best goalkeeper in the world by Pep, one who suits his style of play, but the truth is that Guardiola desperately needs to find a new goalkeeper in the summer if he is to challenge for the title next season.

 

There is no doubt about the fact that Bravo is very very good with the ball at his feet, but a goalkeeper needs to make saves, and Bravo has been miserable in that aspect. Maybe Bravo has found his feet, as he uses them well, but he needs to find both his reflexes and shot stopping abilities if he is to save his Manchester City career. If not, a move to another club is the best for both the club and the player.

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