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Kyle Walker hints at playing a more defensive role for Manchester City

Walker hints at more defensive City role
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Manchester City defender Kyle Walker reveals that he has been instructed to play a slightly different role in defence following the return of left-back Benjamin Mendy.

Manchester City defender Kyle Walker has revealed that he has been instructed to play a slightly different role in defence following the return of left-back Benjamin Mendy.

Walker signed for City in a £50m deal from Tottenham Hotspur last year, winning the Premier League title and the EFL Cup in his opening campaign.

The Englishman played a key part in the Citizens conceding the fewest goals in the league last season, but Walker has admitted that Pep Guardiola has changed his role in the side as City begin their title defence.

"My role is a little bit different, where I am tucking in a little bit more and trying to control people," Walker told reporters.

"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!"

Walker's City will host Newcastle in their next Premier League game on Saturday evening.


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2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Everton166642319424
8Bournemouth167272526-123
9Leicester CityLeicester166462120122
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166461719-222
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham166372325-221
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13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
14Cardiff CityCardiff1642101530-1514
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle163491322-913
16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
17Burnley1633101532-1712
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

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