Claudio Bravo has risked the wrath of Manchester City fans by insisting that his former team Barcelona are a “much bigger” club than his present employers.
The Chile international followed Pep Guardiola to the Etihad Stadium in the summer as a replacement for Joe Hart but has endured a mixed start to life in England with a number of high-profile errors.
Bravo was also sent off in the Champions League clash between the two teams, missing the return leg at the Etihad which City won 3-1 to gain revenge for their 4-0 thrashing at Camp Nou.
Bravo is currently on international duty ahead of a World Cup qualifer with Uruguay and admitted the move to England had been a big change.
“The two clubs are similar in terms of budget, but in terms of magnitude Barcelona is much bigger,” he told TVN.
“It was a change that involved many things. Move the family, the language issue, to driving on the other side of the road.”
Bravo also discussed his relationship with Guardiola and also downplayed his rivalry with former team-mate Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
“For me he [Guardiola] is the best coach in the world. He is also very sincere. You can ask him for things related to football. For your family too,” he explained.
“It was more trouble for the press [competition with Ter Stegen]. For me it never was. You always want to compete at the highest level and want to play. And then it is up to the coach that decides who’d play.”