Kyle Walker was one of many players who came away with praise from supporters for his performance in Manchester City’s 2-1 win over Real Madrid. The 29-year-old was culpable for Real scoring their first-half opener through Isco, but his overall showing at the Santiago Bernabeu deserved plaudits.
Walker saw a lot of the ball over the 90 minutes, was strong in the air, seldom relinquished possession, turned over the ball multiple times and occasionally provided an attacking threat down the right flank.
— Ste Adams (@steadams18) February 26, 2020
— Richard Sealby (@Rich_Sealby) February 26, 2020
— Andy Savage (@mcfc9320group) February 26, 2020
Firstly, hats off to Pep: a formation that nobody guessed, but that worked supremely well. Secondly, excellent game management after going behind, including outstanding performances from Jesus, Gundogan, Walker & Our Kev #RMAMCI #mcfc
— Paul Lake (@Paul_Lake) February 26, 2020
Kyle walker has been very underated this season, he's been our best defender all season and was incredible last night #mcfc
— Jack Bowcock (@JackBowcock) February 27, 2020
1st Half Recap: Jesus, Gundy and Walker been immense with what they've had to do. Feel like if you're gonna play like this tho, you rather put sterling on or play both Jesus and Aguero. Typical of Laporte getting injured as well 😐 #RMAMCI #MCFC #RMUCL #UCL #UEFAChampionsLeague
— BRG_X_Khaldoon (@BRG_21LVA) February 26, 2020
Against Real, Walker had 71 touches, won two aerial duels, completed 88.7% of his 53 passes, found a teammate with four of his seven long balls, made one tackle, had one successful dribble, made two interceptions, drew one foul and made one clearance.
The England international has made 29 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring and creating five goals. Wednesday’s victory sees City in pole position to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League, but time will tell if they can keep Real at bay at the Etihad Stadium.