Guardiola defends philosophy after more Bravo woes

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Neither an error, nor a series of them, is going to change Pep Guardiola‘s philosophy when it comes to goalkeeping.

The Manchester City boss famously sent Joe Hart packing earlier this season and brought in Chilean backstop Claudio Bravo, who has not inspired at the Etihad Stadium despite his pedigree.

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And the friendly confines of the Camp Nou didn’t change anything for Bravo on Wednesday, as the ex-Barcelona goalkeeper made a critical gaffe outside the 18 to take a red card in Barca’s 4-0 win in the UEFA Champions League.

Guardiola called Bravo’s error “part of the game”, and added this:

As for the rest of the game, Guardiola feels the same way we did: City weren’t four goals worse than Barcelona, but made some big mistakes to ensure its demise.

From the BBC:

“We were there, we were in the game. We were pressing, we had the possession and we made the chances. We did it but we didn’t take the chances and you have to do that to win the game

“We knew from the beginning it would be a tough group, now we have to focus on Southampton.”

And now Guardiola is in the same spot his side put Jose Mourinho earlier this year: in the midst of a dry stretch after a big rival handed him a bigger loss. Look for an inspired City against a Saints team on one less day’s rest this weekend.