Speaking at Tuesday’s press conference, Claudio Bravo spoke about the differences in tactics that he had to adapt to in order to play for FC Barcelona. “I’ve had to change a lot but I’ve felt at home since the very first day.” The Chilean added, “You always have to be prepared. I talk with Luis Enrique every day, about lots of different stuff – positioning, strategy, styles…” More from the Barça goalkeeper after the jump.
The match against Elche CF was an easy night for the Chilean goalkeeper, who enjoyed what it’s like to be on the dominant team’s side, however he made it clear that, “You have to stay focused on every move so that when you have to intervene, you’re 100% concentrated and in touch with your team-mates.” Regardless of the three points earned, the former Real Sociedad player highlighted that “the team kept their shape and pressure. We played for a long time with a man less and we overcame this by keeping up the pressure. That gives me confidence.”
Bravo went on the explain the tactical differences between his former club and Barça’s attacking playing style where there’s a huge space between the line of defense and the goalkeeper. “I’m used to playing in a similar way with Chile. The defensive lines are usually past the halfway line and any long ball can cause problems. It’s a matter of adapting to the new system.”
Elche’s game was a special night for young Munir El Haddadi who scored a beauty on his debut, but Bravo thought otherwise, “I wasn’t surprised because I see him every day. Those of us who know him aren’t surprised. He has the quality to go a long way.”
The 31-year-old went on to talk about how he’s settling in Barcelona, “People have helped me a lot. I’m very happy on a personal level.” As for his relationship with the squad’s two other goalkeepers [Jordi Masip and Ter Stegen], Bravo stated, “There’s healthy competition between us. That helps to raise the level of the team and maintain the internal competition that the new manager wants to see throughout the season.”
Source: FC Barcelona / Image: Miguel Ruiz, FC Barcelona