Claudio Bravo spent 4 controversial years at Manchester City and was one of Pep Guardiola’s first signings. Bravo replaced City veteran Joe Hart, but his time was still overshadowed by numerous mistakes during his stint at the Etihad.
“I had a marvellous time at Manchester City. I’m telling you, it was successful in every sense. People say I had a tough first season, but it was a learning process,” he told The Players’ Tribune.
“When I got to England, in 2016, the goalkeeper’s job was to smash the ball as far as possible. The lower-half teams would hit it long and go for the famous second ball. Pep wanted me to take part in the buildup. I was going to play it short, to make myself available for the return pass. If there was no space on the left, I was going to send it to the right to restart the attack. We were trying to change the game.”
The arrival of Ederson spelt the end of Bravo’s first-team chances but the goalkeeper says he still remembers his time at the club fondly. “The press? I never cared what they wrote. Not at all,” he added. “I guess people remember different things. When I look back at that time, I recall that I played in two League Cup finals and two Community Shields — and won them all.”
Bravo signed for Real Betis after being released by City and was part of the famous Betis team that won the Copa Del Rey for the first time since 2005. He was responsible for his team winning in the shootout.