If there are pockets of self doubt lurking in minds in Manchester City’s dressing room ahead of their blockbuster second leg against Real Madrid it would be no surprise. Good luck and the Champions League have not often travelled together for the Premier League’s leading side. CONTINUE READING>>>>>
As Pep Guardiola pointed out, he has lost more semi-finals than he has won. Yet if they were looking for a totem prior to kick off, a beacon to lend hope this could be their time, they need look no further than Kyle Walker, their still quicksilver full-back who will be tasked with shackling Real’s greatest threat Vinicius Junior.
Walker did an impressive blocking job on the Brazilian but it is nothing compared to the blocking job he has done on the self doubt which he admits crept in after he was dropped and questioned by Guardiola earlier this season. CONTINUE READING>>>>>
Walker started just three games in two months between February and April. That was after Guardiola publicly suggested he did not have the ‘educated movements’ to play in the floating full-back midfield role he has favoured this season.