Date published: Saturday 31st October 2020 3:20
Kyle Walker scored the winner in the 1-0 win over Sheffield United and admitted that Man City’s tactics are a “nightmare” for defenders.
Kyle Walker marked his 100th Premier League appearance for City with the only goal of the game against his former club Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola’s team deservedly took the lead in the 28th minute and it was Sheffield-born former Blade Walker who scored.
City had seen a host of chances pass them by, with Aaron Ramsdale making a fine save from point-blank range to deny Ferran Torres shortly before, but Walker’s shot from 25 yards out skidded off the rain-sodden surface and into the bottom corner of the net.
On City’s performance, Walker added: “We don’t sit back and defend a 1-0 lead, we always want to go and score three and four, which for us defenders is a nightmare sometimes, I can assure you.
“It’s great to get these 1-0 victories and clean sheet on the board as well.”
Walker was impressed by the central defensive pairing of Laporte and Ruben Dias.
“They’ve done fantastic, especially Ruben since he’s come in,” he said. “He’s played a lot of games and shown what a quality signing he is.
“I think whoever steps in there, if it’s John (Stones), Nathan (Ake), Eric (Garcia), Ruben or Aymeric, they’re all going to put in top performances.”
Explaining his decision not to celebrate his goal, Walker told BT Sport: “My mum and dad live here, so if I’d celebrated they probably would have got a lot of stick. I’m a Sheffield United fan, so I couldn’t.
“My first game for Aston Villa was here and I scored with my left peg, so I seem to like this ground. Hopefully, we never know in the future…”
Guardiola says Barca time is over
Victor Font, one of the potential candidates to be the next Barcelona president, has said he would like to take Guardiola back to the Nou Camp if he is elected.
But the the City boss again dismissed the prospect on Saturday.
“I’ve said many times that my period as a manager in Barcelona is over,” he told BT Sport.
“I think it is once in a lifetime you have to do the things and there are incredible people who can be in charge now. For example, Ronald Koeman is an excellent manager. It’s over.
“I will come back to my seats to see my club and watch the games, but it’s done.
“I’m incredibly happy here and still have the desire to do well and this is the most important thing.
“Hopefully they can choose the right person for the right board to maintain this incredible club Barcelona at the highest level.”
Manager Guardiola said he was content, he told BT Sport: “We played really well. We struggled to score goals for the chances we created.
“But they had one clear chance, no more than that, and I’m incredibly satisfied, it’s so important.”
Guardiola reserved special praise for goalscorer Walker.
“The goal helped us a lot but not just for the goal, for the fact that his concentration, he understands better every day what we have to do,” he said. “His physicality, there are no words to explain it.
“I know maybe he is not so happy to score against a club he loves a lot, but for us, it was so important.”