It’s been a long international break for the Chilean media, since they had to keep an eye on the controversies which surround their national team.
Arturo Vidal and Claudio Bravo have been together in the squad for the first time in two years, and there was a great expectation about how would they react to it.
It turns out the Barcelona and Manchester City players were professionals, not showing any discontent towards each other in public.
But Bravo will always be Bravo, and after the friendly against Guinea on Tuesday he had some controversial quotes about his future at the national team.
“I don’t know if I’m going to be called up, it doesn’t depend on me,” he said (via Dale Albo).
“If there’s a boy who surpasses me in many conditions, I stay at home, I don’t come. If there are people who are above our level, play them, they’re welcome to raise the level of the national team.” (via Publimetro).
The Manchester City goalkeeper has lost the captaincy, but claims to support the decision, regardless of who wears the armband.
“As for the team or my function on the pitch, I think it has nothing to do with the armband or not. It’s a badge, now other colleagues wear it, we hope that in the best possible way, and I will be supporting from behind. Not only to those who carry it, but all who play and don’t play.”
Since being brought back to the national team by manager Reinaldo Rueda, Claudio Bravo has been a starter in all friendlies they had, against Argentina, Honduras, Colombia and Guinea. So he definitely didn’t need that much drama about younger players taking his place.