UCL: Respect him like Mbappe – Walker singles out Real Madrid ace
Manchester City defender, Kyle Walker, has singled out Real Madrid winger Vinicius Junior ahead of both teams’ Champions League semi-final second-leg tie on Wednesday.
Walker said Vinicius needs to be shown respect on the pitch like Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe.
Man City will host Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final second-leg tie at the Etihad Stadium following a 1-1 draw in the first leg last week.
Asked about coming up against Vinicius once again, Walker admitted that the Brazilian international is one of the best players in the world.
The England international said (via Manchester Evening News): “I don’t think it is just about A and B, it is a team game. It is a personal battle, against one of the best players in the world. I have faced many who have been just as good as him. Whoever is picked to play him, it’ll be a big battle.
“I take it as any other game, you have to show him respect. Like Mbappe at the WC. You give them the respect they deserve. I am representing [Manchester] City, the ambition for the club is massive. If I can’t compete with these top players, I shouldn’t be here. I need to make sure I come against the best and can deal with the best.”