Walker: De­feats felt like ‘a rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle’

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

NEW Premier League cham­pion Kyle Walker ad­mits it felt like Manch­ester City were in a rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle dur­ing their night­mare 10 days.

City lost three suc­ces­sive games in which they were dumped out of the Cham­pi­ons League by Liver­pool and missed out on the chance to seal ti­tle glory against ri­vals Manch­ester United.

They even­tu­ally got the job done last week­end, though, as a scin­til­lat­ing 3-1 win at Tot­ten­ham on Satur­day put the cham­pagne on ice and the corks were popped less than 24 hours later when Manch­ester United sur­pris­ingly lost at home to West Brom on Sun­day.

To come through the other side of a tough week in such fash­ion was a big tick for City, who won at Wem­b­ley thanks to goals from Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gun­do­gan and Ra­heem Ster­ling.

The full-back said: “That’s the most pleas­ing thing about it. We’ve had prob­a­bly the tough­est pe­riod, def­i­nitely in my ca­reer at the club.

“We’ve gone from do­ing so well in all com­pe­ti­tions to take three losses, and some­times it felt like it was a rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle in there with the mood.

“We’re all win­ners and we want to win and in those games un­for­tu­nately we didn’t. But we put that right.

“That shows the char­ac­ter and the be­lief in the stan­dard of play­ers in the dress­ing room.”

City have un­ques­tion­ably been the best team in Eng­land but their sta­tus has been un­der­mined by their Cham­pi­ons League exit.

And while Walker ad­mits to want­ing Liver­pool to win the com­pe­ti­tion, he is gut­ted City will not get the chance.

“I’m not go­ing to stand here and say we didn’t de­serve what hap­pened,” he added.

“Liver­pool beat us in two games and con­grat­u­la­tions to them.

“I wish them all the suc­cess in the Cham­pi­ons League be­cause it would be fan­tas­tic for an English club to go and win.

“I’ve got a bit­ter taste in my mouth that it isn’t us but you have to take your hat off to them. They beat us over the two games and that’s all you can say.”– The In­de­pen­dent

Pep Guardi­ola (right) gives in­struc­tions to Kevin De Bruyne

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