Kyle Walker believes the ability to assemble extended winning streaks is a testament to the high standards that Manchester City players and staff demand of themselves.
Pep Guardiola’s men will aim to score a 13th Premier League victory in a row when we travel to Southampton on Saturday, and such an impressive form of form has been a recurring theme under the Catalan.
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In 2017-18, we won a league record 18 games in a row, while last season, an unbeaten run of 28 games was the catalyst for our title triumph.
Walker feels that City’s desire for victory surpasses anything he’s seen in his career, saying that losing points is something that is just not tolerated by this group of players.
“We just seem to run when people seem to be losing points,” he reflected prior to our trip to St. Louis. Mary’s.
“Some people call it luck, but I do not think one can have luck so many times through the many seasons I have been here.
“I feel like those are the standards we set ourselves as a team. We make sure we go out there in every game and the minimum we want is the three points.
“I have never been on a team where the training ground is down for the next few days when we play a draw. It’s the standards we’ve set, certainly over the last five seasons I’ve been here, that we want to win every game.
“When we make a draw or when we lose points, it is not acceptable because we know we can do better and we want to achieve the three points.”
Walker gets his 126th league start for the club, if selected on Saturday, the second highest in the squad since arriving at the Etihad Stadium in the summer of 2017.
The 32-year-old has proved that he is a player Guardiola can trust and he has started every single cup final under the Catalan.
It is a record to be proud of, especially when you consider that he has faced competition for the right-back position from the two-time Champions League winner, Danilo, and Joao Cancelo.
Walker admits it would be easier to know he was guaranteed to start each week, but believes the competition for places has been instrumental in the success both he and City have had over the course of his career.
“It’s tough, but my happy place is the football field,” he added.
“It’s hard to keep the standards and you have to make sure you prepare, take care of yourself and do the work off the field, not just on the field.
“It’s an honor for myself, if I say so, with the amount of players the recruiting team has brought in, with Danilo as right back, then Joao.
“To make sure that the leader can trust me and trust me, I should be praised for that.
“I want to sit here and be the only right-back so I know I’m playing game in game out even though I’m having a bad training session? Of course I would.
“But I feel like I would have reached the standards or levels that I have achieved throughout my career [without it]?
– I signed at Tottenham with six right-backs in front of me and I had to rent out different places before I got Harry Redknapp’s confidence.
“Would I or anyone else have achieved the heights we have achieved in City if they did not have people nibbling at their heels and wanting their jersey, I do not think we would.
“I think competition is good and it keeps everyone on their toes.”
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