Claudio Bravo.

Pep Guardiola claim about Claudio Bravo after Manchester Derby is outrageous

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Any Manchester City fan watching today's derby win over Manchester United hoping to see Claudio Bravo why he was the right man to replace Joe Hart will have come away from the game less than convinced.

The former Barcelona 'keeper endured a baptism of fire in his first Premier League game. From fluffing a cross to allow Zlatan Ibrahimovic to score, to almost giving away two penalties and even struggling with his supposedly renowned foot work, it was a baptism of fire for the Spaniard.

Considering the evidence on show at Old Trafford, then, Pep Guardiola's comments after the game on Bravo's performance are borderline ridiculous.

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Speaking to the media after his side's hard-fought 2-1 win, Guardiola actually had the bravado to claim that Bravo had just put in "one of the best performances I remember".

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That is quite the statement about a player who was guilty of a flurry of mistakes after a quiet first 40 minutes.

After his indecisiveness allowed United to score, Bravo almost gave the Red Devils an equaliser before half-time when he dallied on the ball in front of Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

He could easily have received his marching orders after a full-blooded challenge on Wayne Rooney in the second-half too - an incident that came after Bravo tried to dribble his way past a United player in the first place.

All in all, Bravo will simply be glad to have made it through without any of his nervous moments costing City the three points.

But while Guardiola did his best to put a brave face on things - deploying the age old management tactic of praising a player who has just had a shocker - the ex-Barca man's debut didn't exactly receive glowing praise from other quarters.

City fans will certainly be hoping that their new number one can improve ASAP, with many still frustrated that Joe Hart was jettisoned by Guardiola without seemingly getting a fair crack at keeping his spot in the starting XI.

And while they won't want to question their new manager after a famous derby win, they might have to start looking at his judgement of goalkeepers with comments like the one above.

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