City captain Kyle Walker uses criticism to keep his fire burning

Manchester City captain Kyle Walker has told talkSPORT that criticism of his performances provides him with the motivation to keep going. The City right-back started the season well but has produced some inconsistent performances of late.

This was evident in the European champions 3-nil win over Urawa Red Diamonds in the FIFA Club World Cup semi-final. Walker provided a sublime ball for Mateo Kovacic to double City’s lead just after half-time. But he also gave away possession at the back on a few occasions which could have proven costly on another day. Walker’s performance was a microcosm of his recent performances for City.

Speaking with Ben Jacobs on behalf of talkSPORT Kyle Walker said the criticism provides him with the fuel he needs to continue. He said: “I am always going to get heat if I am not doing something right. I get scrutinised, that has been my whole career. But it gives me that fire to keep going. You do see it, I’ve had a lot of criticism from the fans about being captain and it is all my fault.”

The Manchester City captain hasn’t been alone in some inconsistent performances of late. Ruben Dias is another City defender who’s performances have fluctuated. There is no doubting the quality of both players and Pep Guardiola will be looking for both players to respond. Walker and Dias are key pieces to the European champions and no doubt they will return to their best sooner rather than later.

With Kyle Walker still motivated to keep going City fans will be hoping he can lead his side to FIFA Club World Cup glory on Friday evening. A win at the tournament could provide a boost for Kyle Walker and the Manchester City squad before they return to domestic duty next weekend.

Tags Ben Jacobs English Premier League European Champions FIFA Club World Cup FIFA Club World Cup final Fluminense Kyle Walker Manchester City Mateo Kovacic Ruben Dias Talksport Treble winners Urawa Red Diamonds