Man City star reveals 'different role' under Pep Guardiola following World Cup exploits

Man City star reveals 'different role' under Pep Guardiola following World Cup exploits

Walker has been one of the Premier League’s most deadly defenders in recent seasons.

The 28-year-old left Tottenham for City in a £50m deal last summer and duly claimed Premier League glory in his first campaign at the Etihad.

The Sheffield-born ace was deployed in a back-three by England boss Gareth Southgate at this summer’s World Cup and played a more conservative style of football.

And he has hinted that his time in Russia with the Three Lions will help him tweak his role at City under Pep Guardiola.

He said: “My role is a little bit different, where I am tucking in a little bit more and trying to control people,” he said.

“I still have the licence to go forward, but now I’m getting older it’s probably more about picking and choosing my runs, rather than up and down the wings as I was at Tottenham!

“I’m still getting back to fitness. The two weeks off is a decent break – you don’t normally get that as a professional footballer, so that was fantastic.

“I’m still dusting off the cobwebs. Playing for England in a centre back role is completely different to playing in a right back role – your energy is a lot more use in a right back role, getting up and down.


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Man City star Kyle Walker will play a different role under Pep Guardiola this season


“It’s early doors. We haven’t lost yet, we move on to the next game”


Man City star Kyle Walker

“So I’m still getting the engine warm and hopefully will be good in the next couple of weeks.”

City won their opening two games of the new Premier League season, putting in dominant displays against Arsenal and Huddersfield.

But Guardiola’s champions were then held to a 1-1 draw by impressive top-flight new-boys Wolves last weekend.

They host Newcastle on Saturday before this season’s first international break and Walker is keen to return to winning ways.


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Pep Guardiola’s Man City host Newcastle on Saturday

He said: “We grind teams down and they do eventually get tired as we have a lot of possession. 

“To concentrate for 90-plus minutes per game is difficult – I can say that as a defender. One lapse of concentration with the players that we have got, we will hurt you.

“It’s early doors. We haven’t lost yet, with two wins and a draw and we move on to the next game.”

Wolves went ahead against City thanks to Willy Boly’s effort before Aymeric Laporte’s header rescued a point.


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Man City star Kyle Walker in action during their draw at Wolves

Guardiola said: “It was a very good point. 

“We created chances but their keeper made saves, so today we draw. We knew how good they were this season. No complaints.

“We created a lot, that’s why it’s good. In the first half, Aguero hit the post – sometimes it goes in, sometimes not.

“We were not solid defensively today, that is why we conceded a few chances to them. But in general, the game – considering the quality of the opponent – was good. We have to give credit.”

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