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

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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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