Manchester City star finally reveals what teammates said about Pep Guardiola’s wrong tactics in the Champions League final

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Manchester City were the favourites to beat Chelsea and win the Champions League, but the Blues stunned Guardiola’s side in Porto to become champions of Europe.

Guardiola has been blamed for his poor tactics in the Champions League final, as he started the game without a natural defensive midfielder.

The City boss brought on Fernandinho in the second half but it was already too late as Chelsea had taken the game since the first half.

Manchester City right-back Kyle Walker has admitted that even his teammates spoke about Guardiola’s wrong tactics for the final. However, he chose not to go that path as he believes that the manager shouldn’t be blamed.

“Listen, people can talk. I’ve seen a few things or my mates have text me about tactics, personnel, this, that and the other,” the City full-back told the Daily Mail.

“It’s a game of football, it’s 95 minutes and anything can happen. Obviously, we wanted the result to go our way but the manager, or whoever, he picks who he feels can go and get the result and what’s best for the club.

“When he gets it right nobody says anything and when he gets it wrong – or when they think he’s got it wrong – people are questioning things.”

“I think it’s a little bit unfair sometimes when as soon as Manchester City don’t win then it’s tactics or maybe players on the pitch, but we needed to do more and it’s as simple as that,” he added.

“I don’t think we created enough in the game and I don’t think I’m speaking out of turn by saying that, I think everyone could tell on the pitch.”

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