Claudio Bravo’s fall from disgrace in the space of 12 months has been almost beyond belief.
The Chile goalkeeper was signed as the poster boy of Pep Guardiola’s total football approach when the Spaniard began his tenure at Manchester City last summer.
But his spell in England has been an unmitigated disaster, getting dropped for Willy Caballero after a number of high-profile errors forcing Guardiola to splash the cash on Benfica stopper Ederson earlier this month.
Bravo, however, may have salvaged what has been a torrid 2017 so far after a heroic display for his country against Portugal in the Confederations Cup semi-finals in Russia.
The 34-year-old saved not one, not two, but three penalties in the shootout to help Chile progress to the final and keep them on course for a third international tournament victory in as many years.
And by virtue of those three saves, Bravo astonishingly equalled the number of stops he made in the Premier League for City in 2017.
City fans will have become all too accustomed to seeing their side concede far too many cheap goals so this statistic might not prove that surprising.
Bravo denied Ricardo Quaresma. Joao Moutinho and Nani as Cristiano Ronaldo’s decision to take the fifth penalty backfired as his side had already been defeated before his time came.
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