How did Claudio Bravo perform against Bournemouth? The jury's still out...

Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo was back in Premier League action on Saturday against Bournemouth at the Etihad Stadium, a week on from his chaotic debut at Manchester United.

Since that shaky-looking first appearance for City, he had a relatively quiet outing on Wednesday when Pep Guardiola's men thrashed Borussia Monchengladbach 4-0 at home in the Champions League.

We kept a close eye on Bravo as City comfortably defeated the Cherries, registering another 4-0 victory. Here's how he got on...

With his feet

Claudio Bravo kicks the ball
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Bravo's ability in this area was the key reason he was brought in by Guardiola to replace Joe Hart, although the Chilean then delivered a mixed bag on that front in the Manchester derby.

As was the case on Wednesday, there was little wrong with his footwork against Bournemouth as he played short passes to his defenders with relative ease - the option he went with virtually every time the ball came his way.

He also on one occasion in the first half produced a neat header just outside his area to find a team-mate, again showing decent composure.

With his hands

Claudio Bravo smiles
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This was more of a mix, with some problems, although there was no moment to compare with his flap at Wayne Rooney's free-kick at Old Trafford that allowed Zlatan Ibrahimovic to score.

Bravo did well to punch out a ball under pressure in the six-yard box in the 10th minute, and early in the second half he dealt comfortably with a shot from Bournemouth substitute Callum Wilson.

But in between, he was perhaps fortunate not to concede when he came out to meet Joshua King to the left of his goal. The ball still made it across the box and Nicolas Otamendi was on hand to prevent Junior Stanislas converting from close range.

There was also an apparent fumble from Bravo as he went for a catch with around 15 minutes to go, resulting in a Bournemouth corner.


Manchester City's goalkeeper Claudio Bravo celebrates after Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne scores
(Rui Vieira/AP)

As on Wednesday, this was a performance from which it was difficult to draw any major conclusions about Bravo, given he was very rarely required to do much.

Certainly, he appeared to fulfil the "sweeper keeper" brief pretty soundly. But there were also definitely moments, when he was not just sending tidy passes to team-mates, where he once again looked somewhat unconvincing. The jury remains out.

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