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Criticism makes no difference, says Claudio Bravo

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Pin Bravo has received critics since joining City. Goal
Bravo has received critics since joining City. Goal

Criticism makes no difference, says Claudio Bravo

BeSoccer by BeSoccer @besoccer_com - 0 902

The Manchester City goalkeeper says he has been paying no attention to recent criticism of his and his club's performances.

Claudio Bravo says he has not paid any attention to the recent criticism of his Manchester City performances.

Bravo has been in the firing line from some fans and pundits after conceding seven goals in two games against Chelsea and Leicester City.

The Chilean was seen by some as a controversial replacement for City favourite Joe Hart in the summer, and has had to battle against those who would seemingly prefer the Englishman to have stayed at the Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola brought Bravo to the club from Barcelona to contribute to his side’s build-up play, and while he has rarely put a foot wrong while in possession he has been criticised for failing to thwart the opposition in one-on-one situations.

But he says he is not concerned in the slightest about the backlash to his own form, or those who have urged Guardiola to change his playing style.

“It doesn’t make any difference,” he told reporters after City beat Arsenal 2-1 on Sunday. “When you have bad results they speculate about other types of things, they look for the negatives, but we’ve always been calm here, we’ve always believed in the manager, believed in the work and believed in ourselves. We showed that [against Arsenal] and we played the game that the manager wanted.

“I’m calm as always. This is a collective effort, when things don’t go well it’s everybody’s responsibility and when you get results like [on Sunday] it’s exactly the same. We will see at the end of the season if the work has paid off.”

Bravo is preparing for the busiest Christmas schedule of his career to date, having spent his first 14 years as a professional in Chile and Spain, where players are given an extended break.

But he does not believe that will pose too much of a problem, as long as he is able to spend time with his family.

“It doesn’t really matter where you spend Christmas,” he contested. “The most important thing is to be with your family and the rest doesn’t really matter. We have a lot of things to do here, at the club we have got things planned for these days. It’s going to be something new for us as a family, but if we’re all together it’s going to go very well.”

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