Man City manager Pep Guardiola believes that the Kyle Walker red card was not necessary after he will be suspended for the Round of 16. Walker lashed out at RB Leipzig striker Andre Silva, catching him on the ankles. There was a confrontation between the two minutes earlier. Although the loss had no repercussions, the defender is set to miss both their knockout fixtures in February. The draw for the Champions League is set to take place on the 13th of December.
“It’s not necessary. He cannot play in the last 16 and Kyle Walker is so important for us. We must always be in control of our emotions, especially in this competition… Hopefully, he will learn for the future,” Man City manager Pep Guardiola said about the Kyle Walker red card. “The first half, we lacked a little bit of rhythm… They have a really good team, we knew it from before the group stage. But the second half was much better, but unfortunately, one or two mistakes and they punished us.”
“We played better in the second half. We were more aggressive, we played to win the game and we lost it. Congratulations to Leipzig,” he added. “We made an incredible group stage, we qualified with one game left in a tough group. I am more than satisfied with the performance in every single game and in February, hopefully, we can arrive in the best condition possible. Nathan has a problem with his back, we will see tomorrow.”