Cape Town - Kyle
Walker is banking on the expertise of his Manchester City manager, Pep
Guardiola, to make him the best right-back in the World.
Walker feels working with Guardiola,
who managed two of his idols in Philipp Lahm and Dani Alves, gives him
the advantage to emulate the duo.
Guardiola worked with Alves at Barcelona while also managed Lahm
during his spell in charge of the German Champions, Bayern Munich.
The England right-back has been impressive in his first year with
City having joined from Tottenham on a record transfer fee for a
Walker told Soccer AM's Tubes: "I've said numerous times,
Guardiola worked with two of my idols, Philipp Lahm and Dani Alves, so
for him to pass on that information to me, to take little bits from
their games and put into my game.
"I want to be the best in the world, everyone wants to be the best in
the world and that's what I want to strive to do. With his knowledge,
experience, hopefully he can get me to that.
"I think there's a way to go. You look at Joshua Kimmich, Dani
Carvajal there, Antonio Valencia, who I rate highly for switching from
midfield to right-back, I like to think I'm up there, but football is a
strange game, one minute you're up, the next down. It's about being
consistent, and those three are consistent.
"I think he's made me a more intelligent player, I feel. I think he's
taught me how to read the game, when to go forward, when to come
inside, and made me think about the game a little bit more, whereas at
Tottenham I was basically a winger, my job was to control the right
flank and get up and down.
"I'm not saying you don't need brains to play there but it was a
simpler job to what I'm doing here at City. He may show you a video from
the last game, where he would have done things different, he's happy to
pull you into his office, and vice versa on the training field. He's
spent a lot of time with me and Delphy."