Guardiola praises ‘fantastic’ Claudio Bravo after winning City in derby
Manchester City-trainer Josep Guardiola was Saturday after the won derby against Manchester United at Old Trafford (2-1) that his team the victory mainly thanks to goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.
The 33-year-old goalkeeper, who recently happened to FC Barcelona, made his debut for the ‘Citizens’ and his way of playing led to a lyrical Guardiola.
“In the first half we played well thanks to Claudio, he was fantastic. I like keepers who are far from their line. That he was also there in the second half went on says a lot about his personality,” says the 45-year-old trainer.
“He was one of the reasons for our great game. It is sometimes risky. If you get the ball lose, catch the score a goal. But in this way you can have the game check.”
Guardiola believes it is important that Bravo, who is at fault for the tegendoelpunt, many in the game of City is involved. “Till my last day in England I would like my team as much as possible possession of the ball, even though I know it’s not ninety minutes long.”
“The spectators have felt entertained, because it was an open contest. In the first half we were better, but after a rest, we got it harder. We had a few good counters, but they do not,” said the Spaniard.
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United-trainer José Mourinho was a lot less happy with Bravo. The Portuguese found that the goalkeeper in the second half by referee Mark Clattenburg of the field had to be sent after a charge on Wayne Rooney in the penalty area.
The arbitrator refused, later, a penalty kick to give after the alleged hands of Nicolas Otamendi. “Mark has two large errors. Claudio Bravo had a penalty kick and a red card should have”, concluded Mourinho.
“If Marouane Fellaini or Rooney something the society could do, it was a red card and a free kick. In the penalty area and daring referees to whistle.”
According to the former trainer of, among others, Chelsea had United to defeat mainly themselves to blame. “The first and second half were completely different. For the rest we played under our level. In a contest like this you should be tailored to denksnelheid and making decisions at the top.”
City abode by the victory after four matches in the Premier League, still without loss of points. United now has nine points from four matches.
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