Pep Guardiola’s side saw two goals from Bernardo Silva put them 2-0 up by halftime, with the second period seeing Manuel Akanji and Julian Alvarez get their names on the scoresheet to put the Citizens into the final of the Champions League.
Despite that, it was another one of City’s players that caught the attention of Henry, who was full of praise after the game.Speaking on CBS Sport, the former Arsenal star said this about Walker, who City signed back in 2017 for a fee of £45m, and his latest performance.
He said: “Kyle Walker is a beast. Whenever you have to run with him you might as well stop. At one point he was way behind Vinicius Junior, he just caught him, put his arm on him and looked at him and said ‘bye’ and just went the other way. When it comes to that, he’s just too good.
“I have to say he put Mbappe in his pocket in the qualifier of the World Cup. He put a lot of players that are actually outstanding in his pocket. It’s not easy to beat him and you have to give him a lot of credit.
“If you think about a month ago when Pep was like ‘oh I don’t think he can do this, I don’t think he can do that’, but whenever he had to play against a powerful winger that’s pretty quick, he put him back in the team pretty quick.”
With the full 90 minutes under his belt, once again coming up against Vinicius, Walker had 63 touches of the ball in total, successfully completing 46 of the 51 passes he attempted.
In terms of his defensive work, the Englishman made two tackles, one clearance, won four of the five duels he was involved in and didn’t get dribbled past on even one occasion.
This highlights how impressive the defender was in the game and why he has found himself on the end of this praise from Henry, which we feel is very much deserved.
Henry praises Walker
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