Guardiola: Bravo’s performance was one of best ever

Date published: Saturday 10th September 2016 3:11

Pep Guardiola had high praise for Claudio Bravo after his performance for Manchester City against Manchester United.

City inflicted upon Jose Mourinho his first defeat as United manager on Saturday at Old Trafford, with Kevin De Bruyne and Kelechi Iheanacho inspiring a 2-1 win.

The visitors raced into a two-goal lead in the first half, but headed into half-time on the back foot after Zlatan Ibrahimovic pulled one back.

The Swedish striker fired home after a mistake from Bravo, who dropped a high cross under pressure on his debut.

The summer signing was also called into question numerous times over his decision-making, as his propensity for passing the ball short almost put City in danger on a number of occasions.

Some feel the former Barcelona keeper could have even been sent off after a challenge on Wayne Rooney, but Mark Clattenburg adjudged his slide tackle to be fair.

Asked on the shot-stopper’s performance after the game, Guardiola could not hold back in his praise.

“What Claudio did today was one of the best performances I’ve ever seen,” he told Sky Sports 1.

“I like goalkeepers to play in front and after that [United] goal, he continued playing in our build-up, playing long balls and coming out to pick it up.

“In football, it’s about how you react to mistakes – it shows character. He continued playing. It means a lot.

“The way we train and the way we play has given me a lot of confidence.

“We played good in the first half because of Claudio. I like the keepers to attack the ball and after what happened, in the second half he continued to play and that’s a good thing about his personality. He was one of the reasons we played well in the first half.

“Yeah [if you pass the ball from the back] it can be too risky; if you lose the ball they will score but you can control the game.

“Until my last day in England I will try to play with the ball as much as possible. I know it’s impossible for 90 minutes but I’m sorry, I will not negotiate that.

“Today we made a lesson with the ball.”

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