Manchester City full-back Kyle Walker has urged himself and his teammates to win the Premier League title in different fashion this season, it has been revealed.
Pep Guardiola and his players fended off fierce competition from Arsenal during the 2022/23 season to win a third successive Premier League title and a fifth in six years under the Catalan coach.
Triumph in England was accompanied by Manchester City’s first ever UEFA Champions League crown, as well as an FA Cup final victory over bitter city rivals Manchester United to make up a historic treble in the season.
While some have suggested that Manchester City have arguably completed football and reached heights that not many clubs will ever reach again, Kyle Walker has sent a message to his teammates over the way in which they can improve on last season in the league alone.
As revealed by MailSport this week, Walker sat down his Manchester City teammates for a conversation last month where he urged the players to not just win the Premier League title for a fourth successive campaign, but run away with it in style.
“We’re always playing catch-up,” Walker told his Manchester City colleagues. “Why don’t we try to run away with it, like we did in 2017/18, rather than playing catch-up or waiting for people to drop points?”
While Walker understands the difficulty of improving on last season’s outstanding treble triumph, the 33-year-old believes the recruitment from the Manchester City hierarchy over the summer transfer window enables them to take things a step further once again.
“Can we get better? It’s hard. Do I think the recruitment and the players they have brought in are just as good? I very much think so. Mateo Kovacic is a born winner, Josko Gvardiol, he’s class. The sky is the limit.”
Manchester City have started their new Premier League campaign in some style, remaining the only team in the division to have won all four of their opening matches and topping the division heading into the first international break.
Following a dominant 0-3 opening weekend win over recently-promoted Burnley, City fended off the challenge of league high-flyers Newcastle courtesy of a 1-0 scoreline.
Drama was of the essence in City’s third contest as they defeated Sheffield United at Bramall Lane thanks to a late strike from Rodri, before a 5-1 win over Fulham at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon rounded off the first portion of fixtures this season.
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