Kyle Walker: Man City stars ALL want us to be recognised as one of the best teams ever

Manchester City have the Premier League title wrapped up with five games to spare, but if the words of Kyle Walker are anything to go by, they are still motivated to break new records and achieve immortality.

The Blues can still reach a series of feats that would put them in the record books even more, but those depend on the outcome of the remaining fixtures against Swansea, West Ham, Huddersfield Town, Brighton and Southampton.

And Walker, speaking on BBC Radio 5 live said this team wants to be long remembered.

“There is still a lot of room for improvement,” the 27-year-old said.

“I have read some articles that say we need to win things continuously for a number of years before we are classed as a great team.

“Every single one of us wants to be recognised as one of the greatest teams to play in the Premier League.

“If we concentrate on ourselves then as a team we can go on to great things.

“But the Liverpool game showed us that we are not a perfect team.”

Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Pep Guardiola was a big topic of Walker’s interview and the England right-back had some interesting things to say about the Manchester City manager.

“Different managers have different ways of looking at things and the gaffer here is special. He has won everything you want to win. Bar three people in the dressing room, no-one has won the Champions League. He has done it on a number of occasions so you have to buy into his philosophy and his way of playing.

“It’s just the detail and simple things that probably others managers bypass but he keeps banging on about it and banging on about it, day in and day out, until the penny drops. It has shown in our performances.

“It’s things like if the passes come in, you take it with the correct foot. As footballers we do get lazy sometimes and take the ball with our preferred foot to control it, but that split second of controlling it with your left foot and playing with your right can make all the difference in creating a chance or scoring a goal.

“There are also all sorts of things tactically. I don’t get forward as much as I probably did at Tottenham but my defending has come on leaps and bounds here, where I have had to think a little bit more about my positioning and where I need to be on the football pitch.

“I have saved my energy in a lot of the games this season just by staying back and controlling my winger, which is something he does go on about a lot.

“The first half of the season was where I had to really concentrate. I am still learning in training now.

“I spoke to Leroy Sané and he said it took him maybe eight or nine months before the penny dropped in training what he needs to do to get the better of people in the possession games.”

Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images

Kyle sees Guardiola not just as a boss and manager, but as a friend – someone who takes time to build a good rapport with his players, even if it’s to talk about golf!

“If you didn’t believe you were doing something wrong or you could do something differently, he always says come and knock on the door, have a coffee with me and we’ll go through it on the computer,” he said.

“He texted me the other day because I beat him in the long drive competition in golf. Something like that, which I’ve never really had before… we can just exchange text messages. It is not like teacher’s pet or anything. He is a friend. He is the manager, but he is a friend as well.

“It is nice that you can have a simple conversation with the boss and have a text not about football, just about golf.

“There are constant instructions and for me sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. It is probably because I want to impress him.

“He put the faith in me to sign me and the first text message I sent him after he won the league was to thank him – thank him for bringing me here and for putting the trust in me to play for your team. He said never to thank him and it was us guys who did it ourselves. It makes you feel good.

“Before you go on the pitch he makes you feel like you are the best player on the field. His emotions do run away from themselves sometimes and he knows that, but I would not change that for any other way because I know he is passionate about his job.”

Manchester City are the 2017/18 Premier League Champions!

Celebrate by picking up some official merchandise from the Champions range!

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

To Top