Claudio Bravo's confidence won't be hurt by being dropped - Pep Guardiola
MANCHESTER -- Pep Guardiola has no concerns that dropping goalkeeper Claudio Bravo could hit his confidence although he has not decided on whether he will return for Sunday's clash with Swansea City.
The Chile international was left on the bench for City's 4-0 victory over West Ham United on Wednesday night with reserve keeper Willy Caballero replacing him.
It was the first Premier League match that Bravo has not started since his £17 million move from Barcelona in the summer as Joe Hart's replacement.
The 33-year-old is struggling for form -- having been beaten by all six shots on target in his previous two appearances for City while Caballero has kept clean a clean sheet in his two FA Cup starts as well as against West Ham.
"He understood [the decision], he is a huge professional," Guardiola told a news conference. "He is not a young guy, he has a lot of experience. I explained my feelings and he understood.
"He is strong enough. One of the biggest qualities of Claudio is his strong personality. If not, he could not play as the Chile captain winning the Copa America, like here in Europe and playing for teams like Barcelona where the pressure is a thousand times higher than here.
"I am happy because in the big clubs they always have good goalkeepers and I have it and I am going to decide, it depends on what I see.
"Goalkeepers are like all players, I am not a guy who plays the same 11 all the time for two months. I think you realise that."
City have already beaten Swansea twice the season but the Welsh side have improved under new manager Paul Clement -- winning their last two Premier League games against Liverpool and Southampton to move out of the relegation zone.
Guardiola is impressed by the transformation under Clement, who was only appointed as the new boss at the start of January, and says Sunday's game could be one of City's hardest of the season.
"I am really impressed,' he added. "I saw their game against Liverpool, today I started to watch the game against Southampton. I tried to discover the way to attack them and, wow, I couldn't find it.
"It's so complicated. When I see their games I can see his hands on it. They are so well organised. There is no space in the middle.
"It will be a real tough game, one of the toughest until the end of the season. Now they are in a good moment, won three of the last four [in the Premier League]. But also the way they play. They won at Anfield, Southampton -- against big teams.
"It will be really tough but hopefully we can be two games in a row winning and stay there."
City have a full squad to choose from and Guardiola says he needs to manage his squad with games in the FA Cup and Champions League coming up in February.
"Around the corner is the Champions League, the other day I saw the game against Huddersfield so I realise how hard it is going to be there, so everyone has to be involved every three days to compete in all the competitions," he added.
Jonathan is ESPN FC's Manchester City correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @jonnysmiffy.