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'Bravo is the best goalkeeper in the world,' insists Guardiola

08:10 BST 09/04/2017
Claudio Bravo Manchester City
The Chilean was drafted back into the starting XI for a 3-1 victory over Hull City, with his ball-playing abilities considered to be a useful asset

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola considers Claudio Bravo to be “the best goalkeeper in the world” in his favoured system.

The Chilean has endured a tough time in English football since trading life in La Liga with Barcelona for that in the Premier League at the Etihad Stadium.

His shot-stopping ability has been called into question on a regular basis, with Guardiola criticised for favouring a new arrival over established England international Joe Hart.

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The Catalan coach is, however, of the opinion that the 33-year-old is perfect for City, despite seeing him concede another tame goal after being returned to the starting XI in a 3-1 victory over Hull City.

“I decide [to put him in the side],” said Guardiola.

“I had no reason, Willy [Caballero] is training good. I will decide game by game.

“With our build up Claudio is the best goalkeeper in the world with [Marc Andre] Ter Stegen and Manuel Neuer in the build-up, with the feet, and he help us a lot to create good build-up.”

While defending Bravo once again, Guardiola has also talked up the talents of star striker Sergio Aguero.

The Argentine was back among the goals against the Tigers, with a run of 10 efforts in as many outings taking him onto 28 for the season.

“Sergio make an amazing step forward in the last two months,” said Guardiola.

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“He is playing unbelievable, scoring one goal a game.

“I didn’t speak with him but I am pretty sure he is so happy. He is a guy who likes to score goals and he did it again.”

Victory over Hull has cemented City’s standing inside the Premier League’s top four, with Guardiola’s side now seven points clear of Arsenal in fifth – although the Gunners do boast two games in hand.