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Kyle Walker jumped to the defence of Guardiola

Tue 08 June 2021 | 13:12

The Citizens full-back Kyle Walker insists Pep Guardiola is not to blame for Manchester City's Champions League final defeat.

Manchester City lost 1-0 to Chelsea in their first Champions League final at Estadio Do Drago, leading to widespread criticism of Guardiola.

"

Listen, people can talk. I’ve seen a few things or my mates have text me about tactics, personnel, this, that and the other

," Walker told 

The Daily Mail

.

"It’s a game of football, it’s 95 minutes and anything can happen. Obviously, we wanted the result to go our way but the manager, or whoever, he picks who he feels can go and get the result and what’s best for the club.

"When he gets it right nobody says anything and when he gets it wrong – or when they think he’s got it wrong – people are questioning things."

Walker went on to admit that the City players could feel the game slipping away from them as the Blues successfully executed Thomas Tuchel's high-pressing game plan.

"

I think it’s a little bit unfair sometimes when as soon as Manchester City don’t win then it’s tactics or maybe players on the pitch, but we needed to do more and it’s as simple as that,"

he added.

"I don’t think we created enough in the game and I don’t think I’m speaking out of turn by saying that, I think everyone could tell on the pitch."

The England international acknowledges that winning three Premier League titles in the last four seasons is a remarkable achievement, but he believes Manchester City cannot claim to be a great team until they conquer Europe.

"

I think with the squad we’ve got, with the manager we’ve got, with the club that we’re playing for, we should be going and winning the Champions League, we all know that,"

Walker said of the team's main goal for next season.

"We all know that the players, at least since I’ve

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been there, have been signed to go and get it.

"Yeah, okay, we can go and win the Premier League and I think we’re so fortunate to win three in four years, but we do need a Champions League as a club because I hear a lot of people saying it’s probably one of the greatest Premier League teams ever.

"Okay, yeah, that’s great, fantastic for me to even be involved in a team like that, but to be classed as one of the best teams ever I think you need the Champions League and that’s something that we are missing."

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