City need to win Champions League to become European powerhouse, says Walker
LONDON (UK) – In order to establish themselves as a European powerhouse, Manchester City have to win the Champions League, said defender Kyle Walker.
Although City have won four Premier League titles in 10 years, they have not been able to proceed beyond the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Pep Guardiola’s City trounced 13-time champions Real Madrid in the last 16 and they are the hot favourites as they head for Saturday’s quarter-final against Olympique Lyonnais.
“I think if you had asked me two years ago when I signed here, I would have probably said that the Premier League was the big one for me having not won it before,” Walker said on Thursday.
“Now I have collected two of them and a number of others and this is the one that I want. I can probably speak on behalf of the whole squad and Manchester City as well for what they need to put them onto that next pedestal.”
Walker, 30, warned his team that they should not underestimate Lyon, who are brimming with confidence having trounced Serie A champions Juventus in the previous round.
“Lyon have got good players. Knocking out Juventus speaks volumes. You need to be a very good team, very disciplined to beat Juventus over two legs,” he added.
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