Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has defended under-fire goalkeeper Claudio Bravo by revealing that he has superb culinary skills.
Pundits and fans were unimpressed by Bravo failing to save a single shot in City’s 0-4 defeat to Everton.
Guardiola, however said: “We can all be playing better right now, but I am confident in Claudio. He is a good goalkeeper, a great passer of the ball and an extraordinary cook.”
Bravo has been known to treat the City squad to samples of his cooking after training and on away trips.
His skills proved to be particularly useful when the Man City squad were offered a deep-fried Mars bar platter at their hotel before their Champions League match away at Celtic.
Empanadas, meat pastries from his native Chile are Bravo’s speciality, but he also learned the knack of making a crisp paella when playing for Barcelona.
His passion for cooking is so great that he is known to fold recipes up and store them in his socks during matches, just so he can better plan his evening meal.
Guardiola is well known for demanding more of goalkeepers than just shot stopping, which is why he replaced club icon Joe Hart with Bravo, who struggles to stop shots.
At Bayern Munich, Guardiola enjoyed having Manuel Neuer in goal, as the German international keeper is also a skilled handyman.
Neuer would often fix TVs and loose fittings at the club’s training ground, while he once showed off his flair for DIY by making a cabinet in his goalmouth during a DFB Cup match at home to Darmstadt.
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