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Dropped Bravo is still one of the world's best, insists Pep

Pep Guardiola insists his opinion of goalkeeper Claudio Bravo has not changed despite dropping him from the Manchester City side.

Bravo has struggled to impress since being controversially signed as a replacement for Joe Hart.

The Chilean's disappointing form has led to him being left on the bench for City's last three games but Guardiola retains faith in the 33-year-old former Barcelona goalkeeper.

Guardiola, whose side face Bournemouth on Monday, said: "My opinion of Claudio remains the same. He's a top player, a top goalkeeper. He's one of the best in the world. His long career speaks for itself. Football here is more particular, more crosses, more special things, but he is a top goalkeeper. There's no doubt about that."

Premier League fixtures (3pm unless stated), today: Arsenal v Hull City (12.30pm), Manchester United v Watford, Middlesbrough v Everton, Stoke City v Crystal Palace, Sunderland v Southampton, West Ham v West Brom, Liverpool v Tottenham (5.30pm); Tomorrow: Burnley v Chelsea (1.30pm), Swansea City v Leicester City (4pm); Monday: Bournemouth v Manchester City (8pm).

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