Opponents will target Claudio Bravo, says Weaver

Manchester City's Claudio Bravo in action with Manchester United's Paul Pogba

Former Manchester City goalkeeper Nicky Weaver believes that Premier League sides will look to target Claudio Bravo - one of Pep Guardiola's few weaknesses.

Manchester City's Claudio Bravo during trainingClaudio Bravo during Manchester City training on Monday

Nicky Weaver, speaking exclusively to 888Sport, has spoken out on the City goalkeeping situation after a weekend where City shot-stoppers were making waves for all the wrong reasons.

New signing Claudio Bravo made a mistake for Manchester United's only goal, while recently departed loanee Joe Hart made a similar error on his Torino debut, allowing Atalanta to equalise before they later scored a second from the penalty spot thereby condemning Hart and his teammates to a 2-1 loss. 

Manchester City's Claudio Bravo in action with Manchester United's Paul PogbaBravo did not have the best of debuts for his new club

In a wide-ranging interview, Weaver - who made 207 appearances for City during a ten-year spell and is now the academy goalkeeping coach at Sheffield Wednesday - said: “There is going to be a circus around him now in the media and teams coming up will have watched that game and be closing him down and forcing a mistake. 

“A lot of goalkeepers struggle with the Premier League when they first come. At corners they will try and pen him in and put it under the crossbar.

"Teams will try and exploit every weakness and City don’t have many so any little advantage will be taken.”

The 33-year-old Bravo signed for City from Barcelona for a fee of £13.75 million this summer. With his arrival having caused the departure of England's number one, his debut was always going to be closely examined, and so in making such a costly error Bravo's performances will now be under the microscope even more.

Manchester City's Claudio Bravo fumbles the ball before Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores their first goalBravo loses control at a corner, allowing Zlatan Ibrahimovic to equalise for United

Bravo also came close to giving away a penalty and receiving a red card in the second-half when he lost control of the ball and lunged dangerously at Wayne Rooney. As it was, Bravo escaped without either sanction. 

Hart's situation added an extra dimension to the Bravo signing. The 29-year-old has over 60 caps for England and has been the outright number one for several seasons, but a number of howlers in recent months have caused a lot of embarrassment for the Shrewsbury-born man.

During England's disastrous Euro 2016 campaign, Hart twice saw shots from distance break through his limp efforts to keep them out, firstly from a Gareth Bale free-kick and then when Iceland took a lead they would never relinquish through Kolbeinn Sigthorsson.

In spite of this, it was still somewhat of a shock to see the English number once forced out of a top Premier League club, leading to a loan signature with a club that finished 12th in Serie A last year.

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney after a challenge with Manchester City's Claudio BravoThe Chilean goalkeeper was lucky not to receive his marching orders for this tackle on Wayne Rooney

Fresh from their derby win on the weekend, City are back in action on Tuesday evening when they get their Champions League campaign underway with the visit of Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Read the full 888sport interview with Nicky Weaver, including his thoughts that Claudio Bravo is no Manuel Neuer

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