More pressure on me at Barcelona than City – Bravo

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Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo says there was more pressure on him when he was at Barcelona than at the Etihad Stadium.

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Bravo, 33, left the Camp Nou for City in August and has had a mixed start to life in the Premier League, coming in for criticism following some of his performances.

The Chile captain made an error on his debut for City in the 2-1 victory over Manchester United and was then sent off in the 4-0 Champions League defeat to former club Barca.

“In terms of play they [the two clubs] are similar but there are bigger repercussions at Barca than at City,” Bravo told Chile TV station TVN.

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“People think you just pick up a suitcase, you throw in some gloves and you go and play. It’s not like that. I had to move my family, there is the language issue and there are other aspects that I had to deal with.

“From the second day I arrived, I was already driving in England. For the time being, I haven’t had any problems driving on the other side!”

City boss Pep Guardiola’s decision to bring in Bravo was controversial after England goalkeeper Joe Hart was allowed to join Torino on loan.

Guardiola wants his side to have more possession and sees a ball-playing keeper as pivotal to his philosophy.

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The Catalan has backed his new No. 1 over his performances and Bravo has praised his boss for helping him to settle in at the Etihad Stadium.

“I think Guardiola is the best coach in the world,” he said. “Leaving aside the coach aspect, from a personal standpoint, he is a simple person. He sits down and has breakfast with you.

“He taps you on the shoulder and talks to you about other issues besides football. He has a coffee with you and asks you about your family.”

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Bravo also denied there was any rift between him and Barca keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

The Germany international has now become first choice at the Camp Nou after the two players shared the role last season.

“For me there was no conflict with ter Stegen — it was more an issue created by the media,” he said. “It’s down to the coach to decide who plays.”

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