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Pep Guardiola points out an unsung Man City player who had ‘one of his best games ever’ against West Ham

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Manchester City began their Premier League title defence with a 2-0 victory over West Ham United on Sunday.

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Pep Guardiola points out an unsung Man City player who had ‘one of his best games ever’ against West Ham

According to Pep Guardiola, Kyle Walker had his best game for Manchester City against West Ham.

Walker, who has been at City since 2017, has been the club’s first choice right-back for the majority of his time at the Etihad and started on the first day of the season at the London Stadium.

Walker, on the other hand, moved inside as an inverted full-back in possession, as did Joao Cancelo from the left.

As a result of crowding the midfield, City was able to free their attackers and break down the West Ham defence.

Guardiola believes Walker’s contribution is his best since joining City, and he praises both of his full-backs for their tactical roles.

He said: “The last two years we couldn’t win here, it’s always a tough place to come, the first game away in all leagues is difficult. We make an exceptional performance everywhere. We were perfect, much more aggressive in terms of going to win the ball, really to win the ball. Against Liverpool we were really, really, really poor.

“After with the process we played really well. The back four, Kyle and Joao were amazing. Today Kyle Walker was exceptional, maybe one of the best games he played since we were together. Not just defensive, he was part of all things, wanted to play with the ball and do it. Joao with his focus, all guys were brilliant, didn’t concede much. Now we have a threat with Erling [Haaland].”

Guardiola also praised Ilkay Gundogan for setting up Haaland for City’s first-half penalty.

“Ilkay missed one clear chance in the second half but in that moment I thought you scored a goal you shouldn’t have scored, the two goals that won us the Premier League.

“He always plays good, one of the first signings when we arrive. Apart from an incredible human being, you can talk about life, football, he understands the game perfectly. He always wants to play, has a special quality, the runners in front of goal.

“Ilkay Gundogan, for me, is one of the most important players we have, for many things, for the balance of the locker room.”

Pep Guardiola points out an unsung Man City player who had ‘one of his best games ever’ against West Ham

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