Kyle Walker confesses why did not want to take Man City’s Super Cup-winning penalty kick

Kyle Walker confesses why did not want to take Man City’s Super Cup-winning penalty kick

Manchester City defeated Sevilla to claim the UEFA Super Cup in Athens on the strength of Kyle Walker’s penalty kick.

Kyle Walker did not want to take Manchester City’s UEFA Super Cup-winning penalty, but Pep Guardiola instructed him to do so.

After a 1-1 draw in Athens, both City and Sevilla converted four of four penalties in a high-quality shootout.

Walker stepped up and slid his penalty kick under Sevilla goalkeeper Bono before Nemanja Gudelj struck the crossbar, cementing City’s status as European Champions.

Walker acknowledged after the game that he wouldn’t normally step up to take a penalty, and that he only did so because he was wearing the captain’s armband.

Walker was captain on the night due to Ilkay Gundogan’s departure and Kevin De Bruyne’s injury as vice-captain last season, resulting in Guardiola sending him down for the penalty kick.

“If anyone has played with me, I don’t like taking penalties,” he told TNT Sport. “I don’t like letting people down if I miss.

“The gaffer put me as number five. Obviously [because of] the captaincy and leadership to take the penalty. Thankfully it went in and it was the winning one.”

Cole Palmer equalized Youssef En-Nesyri’s first-half goal, bringing City back into contention.

Walker added:

“It was always going to be a tough game. Start of the season. We put in a good performance, but we need to be more clinical in front of goal. We got the job done and that’s what we came to do, win the Super Cup.

“That’s what good teams do, capitalise on people’s mistakes. We rode our luck but we got there. To come here in tough conditions it’s really hot. We worked really hard to win the Champions League, then come here and win this cup.”

Kyle Walker confesses why did not want to take Man City’s Super Cup-winning penalty kick

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