Pep praises cup hero Bravo

Claudio Bravo

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola had goalkeeper Claudio Bravo to thank Tuesday’s League Cup win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Chilean made a number of saves to keep the scoreline 0-0 all the way to the end of extra time, before saving two penalties in the subsequent shootout.

“In the special moments Claudio was outstanding,” Guardiola told Sky Sports. “He was determined in terms of when you are one-on-one with him and then the penalties he saved two, so he was man of the match by far.

“It’s a tough game, the opponent was so defensive, with 10 players in the box, the space was so tight.

“We controlled the first half and deserved one or two goals, then the game would have been completely different, but the second half we concede two or three counter-attacks, that’s normal, they are so fast, but Claudio helped us to qualify for the next round.

“It’s good for us, it is important to continue in the competition which is special for many reasons. In this kind of game where the space is so tight you need the guy who takes the ball, dribbles and scores goals, without that it’s a bit difficult.

“I have no complaints, many players who don’t play regularly played today and played well, and at the end Claudio made two or three one against one saves, when we deserved to score more before.”

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