Barcelona are a much bigger club than Manchester City, says Claudio Bravo
According to Chile international goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, Barcelona are a much bigger than his current club Manchester City. The 33-year-old Manchester City goalkeeper arrived at the English club from Camp Nou after Pep Guardiola did not feel confident about City’s previous goalkeeper and England international Joe Hart between the sticks.
Bravo was an established No.1 for Barcelona in Spain and was quite exceptional for the Catalan club during his stay at the Camp Nou. But Chilean hasn’t had the best of starts to his Manchester City career after several unconvincing performances, both in the English Premier League and the Champions League. Now his latest comments over the two top clubs might not go well with many Manchester City fans.
“The two clubs are similar in terms of budget, but in terms of magnitude Barcelona is much bigger,” said Bravo in an interview with TVN.
The 33-year old also spoke about the transition that he had to go through because of the move to England and revealed that he has faced some issues with language and new driving conditions.
“It was a change that involved many things. Move the family, the language issue, to driving on the other side of the road.”
Bravo also spoke highly of his new manager Pep Guardiola and described him as the best in the world. Although Pep was in charge of Barcelona several years ago, Bravo never had the opportunity to play under the Spanish coach as he arrived in 2014 two years after Guardiola departed Camp Nou.
But Bravo believes he has seen enough from Pep to know why he was so successful with Bayern Munich and Barcelona in the past and how good he can for Manchester City in the future as well.
“For me he [Guardiola] is the best coach in the world. He is also very sincere. You can ask him for things related to football. For your family too,” he explained.
Bravo also spoke of his goalkeeper situation with Marc-Andre Ter Stegen during his time with Barcelona and stated that he was not the reason behind his decision to move to England and insisted that there was no rift between the two players.
“It was more trouble for the press [competition with Ter Stegen]. For me it never was. You always want to compete at the highest level and want to play. And then it is up to the coach that decides who'd play.”
The 33-year-old goalkeeper was signed by Manchester City for £17million from La Liga champions FC Barcelona in the summer.