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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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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

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