Guardiola: Bravo faced ‘1000 times’ more pressure at Barca

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he still has confidence in goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, despite dropping the Chile captain from the starting line-up in midweek.

Bravo has had a difficult season in England since transferring from Barcelona and Guardiola appeared to lose to patience with the shot-stopper when he decided to start Willy Caballero in the 4-0 victory over West Ham on Wednesday.

However, speaking ahead of City's game against Swansea on Sunday – where Caballero looks set to start again – Guardiola expects Bravo to prove his critics wrong, saying the 33-year-old faced a '1000 times' more pressure at Barcelona.

The City boss told reporters: "I talked to [Bravo] beforehand and he understood. I felt that Willy should play.

"Of course confidence is important but I still have the same confidence in Willy and Claudio, but I thought it was time to play with Willy.

"I'll choose depending on how I see them. [Bravo] is a huge professional. He is not a young guy – he has a lot of experience.

"One of the biggest qualities of Claudio is a strong personality. If he wasn't he couldn't play as Chile captain and win the Copa America; playing in teams like Barcelona where the pressure there is 1 000 times higher than here and play there without any problem."

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