Claudio Bravo hasn’t exactly enjoyed the quietest start to his career at the Etihad. To my memory never has a Manchester City player divided the opinion of the supporters as much as new goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.
The summer signing from Barcelona arrived to replace fans favourite Joe Hart (not a popular decision for many blues fans) and ever since that faithful day; every save, pass, catch, punch, and kick has been under the microscope from supporters and pundits.
Brought in for his ability to play the sweeper-keeper role Claudio Bravo, has kept only one clean sheet in his six Premier League starts for Manchester City, and this hasn’t gone unnoticed, as he is always receiving comparisons to Joe Hart in every aspect of his game.
Fans seem divided over what he brings the team, but one thing is for sure the press and pundits are not impressed with City’s new number one.
After Bravo’s red card for hand ball outside the box after his misguided pass fell to Luis Suarez versus Barcelona ex-city player and pundit Niall Quinn instantly stated,
“Joe Hart wouldn’t have done that.”
“Clownino” was the back page of one newspaper
Gary Neville immediately asked on Sky,
“I wonder if Joe Hart would be smiling in Turin.” This statement was made after Bravo dropped a long ball into the box vs. United in the Manchester derby at Old Trafford – leading to a consolation goal.
Now that’s just the pundits.
It only takes a quick scan of fan forums and Twitter pages to see the constant mauling of Claudio Bravo.
“Hart would have saved that.” This is a statement been heard after every single goal Bravo has conceded in his time at Manchester City.
“Yes, he can pass but can he use his hands.”
Another infamous statement the majority of rival fans and a lot of Manchester City fans consistently state. The general idea to many is that he’s purely on the team for his passing ability.
Yes, Claudio Bravo was brought to City as a sweeper-keeper to build up play and begin attacks from the back. Yes, his passing is a big talking point for the pundits and a key to the way Manchester City play, but he is no mug when it comes to shot stopping or handling ability.
The vastly experienced keeper has captained Chile to victory in the last two Copa America’s and winning various titles with Barcelona would suggest anything over than the fact he is a top keeper.
His position was always under scrutiny as Bravo was taking the place of a club legend. Settling into a new team and country along with the general thinking in English Football that you shouldn’t play out from the back, the 33-year-old Bravo appears to have an incredible job on his hands.
A job which I and most Manchester City fans hope he succeeds in.