What a silly mistake Claudio Bravo was.
Former Barcelona tiki-taka connoisseur Pep Guardiola demands total football from his teams, at any cost. From the goalkeeper to the striker, every single individual is expected to contribute something towards the fluid transitions of play that have become synonymous with the Spaniard’s style. Anyone deemed incapable of fulfilling his requests, is swiftly disposed of – as former Manchester City favourite Joe Hart found out in 2016.
To replace him? Claudio Bravo. Shudder.
The Chilean joined Manchester City’s ranks in August 2018 for £17.1million (as per Sky Sports).
I never thought of seeing Claudio Bravo wear another club jersey after Barcelona. Ter-Stegen's time is now,and he must prove it.
— BB London (@basorgebastos) August 25, 2016
City getting deals done
— FuRy (@FuRy1411) August 25, 2016
does a team that has been constantly between 1-3rd place in EPL need to replace 75% of its players? This is called desperation.
— GeorgeS (@The_George78) August 25, 2016
— Omid (@omidafc) August 25, 2016
welcome to the revolution
— उज्जवल कार्की (@KarkiUjwol) August 25, 2016
— jo (@CoolmanJP) August 25, 2016
What can we say about Claudio Bravo? Well, you know how we mentioned sacrificing everything in the name of total football? Pep Guardiola did exactly that when he recruited the Chile international in 2016. Poor Joe Hart, who had overseen one of the greatest Premier League moments of all time, and spent countless memorable seasons with the club, was unceremoniously replaced by what can only be described as a one of the worst ‘keepers in post-2008 Manchester City’s short history – simply because he was considered less of a footballer.
Some might remember his howler against Manchester United where he dropped a simple catch and gifted Zlatan Ibrahimovic an easy goal, or even the shocking mistake against Huddersfield in which he allowed a tame shot to trickle underneath his body and into the net.
Some amongst you may have been sarcastically cheering him from the stands that day, others probably just listened from afar head in hands.
By January 2017 Bravo had conceded 14 goals from 22 shots on target. And that is awful. Indeed, no amount of footballing ability can compensate for atrocious keeping.
Fortunately, Manchester City now have Ederson, a man who can do both very, very well.
Man City fans, what were your initial thoughts when your club signed Claudio Bravo? Join the discussion by commenting below…