Kyle Walker has settled into life quickly at Manchester City with some outstanding displays following his big money move from Tottenham.
The England right-back has three assists in eight starts, but has also been part of a rock solid City backline that has conceded just two goals in nine games in the Premier League and Champions League.
And in an interview published in today’s edition of The Sunday Times, Walker has explained how different Pep Guardiola’s training methods are to those of his former coach Mauricio Pochettino.
“If you had asked me this at Tottenham, there was a lot of gym, running — a lot of volume work, as they call it there,” Walker said. “Here a lot of the work is technical.
“You lose the ball in training here and you’re not seeing it for five minutes. It’s frustrating. I’m losing my head, hunting the ball down, trying to rattle people, but [Pep Guardiola] teaches you just to look after the ball.
“It must be horrible to play against this team. It’s a joy to be part of it.”
Walker still has positive feelings for his former club, despite a “difficult” final few months at White Hart Lane, at which point speculation of a move to the Etihad began.
“They [Spurs] were the ones that gave me my Premier League opportunity. They believed in me.
“Having spent eight years there, that club is in my heart. I’m not going to deny that. Tottenham is in my heart. Those last few months were difficult, though.
“Not starting against Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final or the last North London derby at White Hart Lane or the last game there, against Manchester United, that hurt.
“Sometimes I feel like crying when I think about it – that I spent eight years there and I’ll never see that place again. It hurts. But I’m a man. I’m a professional.”
Walker and the now-injured Benjamin Mendy have helped transform Guardiola’s side, which was exposed at times last season by having a group of ageing full-backs lacking the stamina and drive Pep requires from his left and right-backs. Danilo and Fabian Delph also provide good strength in depth, something needed now that Mendy is sidelined for much of the season through injury.