Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Classy Kyle Reminds Pep of Bayern Great Lahm

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Classy Kyle Reminds Pep of Bayern Great Lahm

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PEP Guardiola has compared City full-back Kyle Walker to Bayern Munich great Philipp Lahm.

The Blues were portrayed as sending football mad when they paid £50m last summer to sign the Tottenham defender.

But in less than a season, the decision has been made to look as glaring as City's lead at the top of the Premier League.

England manager Gareth Southgate trialled Walker as a central defender in a 3-5-2 formation for England's friendly with the Netherlands last week, and believes the player could be used there in future.

Guardiola insists he had nothing to do with that selection as he does not advise national team managers how to use his players.

However, he saw the logic of the move and likened Walker to one of his most notorious transformations as a coach in Lahm.

"He has the conditions to play there. …

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