squad | 2016-05-03
Bravo: 'We are excited about the challenges we’ll be facing in the upcoming games'
The Chilean goalkeeper talks in Barça TV about the team latest challenges and his career wearing the Blaugrana jersey
FC Barcelona goalie Claudio Bravo visited Barça TV’s show “Hora B” to talked about the latest events in the Blaugrana squad, assuring the players are “excited about the important challenges we’ll be facing in the upcoming games. We are calm because we are aware of our potential”.
About the latest defeats the Chilean said that “we have had a couple of mistakes but these slips have made us feel we do not longer have a margin for error. Many times, people labeled us as machines or as if we were designed not to lose, and it’s not like that at all. We try to do our best but it doesn’t always work out as you planned. It has helped us to maintain a clean sheet in the last matches. The script had been different in other games but we must be confident on ourselves”.
Regarding Luis Enrique’s decision of choosing a different goalkeeper based on the tournament, Bravo said: “I don’t like to comment on the coach’s decisions. You have to be professional in that sense and we all know we have to do our jobs the best way possible in order to help the team. The three goalies are very aware of that and we push each other to perform better but we are three very very different goalkeepers. I always want to compete and play but when it’s not my turn to play I have to support my colleagues.”
“The FC Barcelona implies a lot of things: challenges, finals, obtaining important victories. You have to be prepared and work hard. I’m confident because things happen for a reason. Now we must think about what’s coming up next: the league and the Spanish Cup final. What we have achieved will be an unforgettable memory. I’ve been here for a short time and things have developed so fast and well that I hope it continues.”
Bravo said that “when the ball is in the attacking zone I try to stay connected and organize the team. We are prone to receive a lot of counter attacks and you must be careful. Usually, the ball is 60 meters away from me thus I always try to communicate to the teammates and be focused”.
The Chilean stated that he likes to approach his profession in a calm manner: “I try to live football in a normal way, as something which satisfies my life and I enjoy. Not as something that generates stress or added pressure on me. When we started to play as little kids, we did it just for fun and nowadays you have to keep enjoying the game. As a little boy, I started playing as a field player but I didn’t feel comfortable running after a football and no one wanted to be the goalkeeper. I was brave and wasn’t afraid of the ball, I felt like a leader, important and I wanted to be different than the rest.”
He then continued: “The goalkeeper position involves a lot of aspects. Besides blocking the ball, have a good passing ability or good sense of positioning, the goalie must create calmness. He must be focused on performing properly the two or three times he’s challenged because that can change the outcome of the match. There’s also a degree of madness in the profession. I try to transmit seriousness and be a communicative person.”
About the city of Barcelona he expressed that “people are very respectful when you’re walking in the park, the street or the grocery store with your family and they know how to separate the footballer from the person, that’s something I really appreciate.”