Guardiola: Man City suffers from inconsistency; Bravo out for season

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The calf injury that sidelined Claudio Bravo during the Manchester Derby will keep the Chilean off the field for the remainder of the Premier League season.

It’s been a rocky PL debut season for Pep Guardiola‘s handpicked goalkeeper, in some ways mirroring his manager’s run in the league.

While Man City is in strong position to qualify for another season in the UEFA Champions League, the blue side of Manchester will fall short in their goals of a Premier League title.

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Perhaps that was too much to expect given Guardiola’s system’s first real run through England (and Wales), but with Antonio Conte‘s success comes a harsher curve. From the BBC:

“I thought home games would be easier than away. We will try to keep our away record and improve our home record next season.

“The team was more inconsistent than consistent this season. That’s why we suffered. I realize how they play here and I have to adapt.”

City will a more consistent side with a full year of Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus, as well as another summer of recruitment. Any doubts City will take another step in Guardiola’s second season? Lay them below.

Man City hosts Crystal Palace at 7:30 a.m. ET Saturday. The full schedule is here.