Pep Guardiola hopes Kyle Walker learns from “unnecessary” red cards

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Man City boss Pep Guardiola has criticized Kyle Walker’s “unnecessary” red cards in the Champions League loss to RB Leipzig on Tuesday night.

After already securing the top spot in Group A, City lost to a 2-1 loss in Saxony thanks to blows from Dominik Szoboszlai and André Silva. Riyad Mahrez pulled a real crowd pleaser as he, after 76 minutes, wove through the guests’ entire central defense and put the 1 – 1 equalizer away.

The English national team player – one of the most experienced players in the Man City squad – received a straight red card for a flagrant and hurried kick out at Silva’s ankle when the striker looked to protect the ball on the left wing.

Guardiola will now be without his first choice as a right-back in the first part of the Citizen’s round of 16 in the new year, and his suspension from a match can be extended if UEFA considers the foul play to have been serious enough.

At his post-match press conference, it was clear that the Catalan was less than impressed by Walker’s decision-making.

“It’s definitely a red card,” he said. “The red card hurts us, especially for the last 16. Kyle Walker is an important player for us and it is unnecessary to lose him like this.

“I hope he learns from this.”

In his assessment of the overall performance, Guardiola continued: “We played better in the second half, [we were] more aggressive, we played to win the match and we lost it so congratulations to Leipzig.

“The first half we lacked rhythm, we had problems contacting, and they had a really good team, we knew that before the group game, but the second half was much better.

“But unfortunately we were punished with one or two mistakes.

“We made an incredible group game. We qualified with one match left in a top group, so we are more than happy with the performance in each individual match.

“In February, we can hopefully arrive in the best possible condition.”

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