Kyle Walker defends Manchester City fans' treatment of the Champions League

Kyle Walker defends Manchester City fans' treatment of the Champions League

Kyle Walker defends Manchester City fans' treatment of the Champions League

Manchester City returned to the top of the Premier League after a thorough demolishing of Southampton at the Etihad on Sunday.

Fulham won't be easy on their own turf, but they are a team around the bottom like Saints and you can not afford to get beaten in these games to avoid getting sucked into the bottom three.

Sterling did in the 67th minute when he latched onto Aguero's perfectly-weighted pass to score his second goal of the afternoon.

The Brazilian will face old club Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday as City seek to make amends from the only blip of their campaign so far, a shock 2-1 defeat to Lyon in their last Champions League home game.

They also created chances against City, though more predictably given recent times they went unconverted. John Stones has started the last 3 games and we might see Vincent Kompany taking his place tomorrow. The England worldwide contributed to all six of City's goals and grabbed two for himself.

"I know people say we have a lot of money, that's true, but despite of that it's incredible the people I'm working with and I'm a lucky guy to be here". I have the feeling he is now enjoying scoring goals and making assists and be important in winning games. "We could have gone to Anfield and got a draw, then we would have had a better chance against Liverpool on our own turf".

City have been boosted by the return of Ilkay Gundogan and Nicolas Otamendi ahead of the game.

"The next game is always the most important and my main concern at the moment is to reach the knockout stage in good condition", Guardiola said.

Watford have been decent, but they were just beaten at Newcastle, and simply have to be dispatched at St Mary's for the sake of points, confidence and ending the long wait for a home win.

The game against Shakhtar comes four days before a huge derby with rivals Manchester United, but Walker insists City are only focusing on Shakhtar.

Losing a player of De Bruyne's quality for three months - the time he will have missed by the end of his latest lay-off - in a single season would be enough to derail any club's title challenge, but City did not really miss him before and they were exceptional without him again. My feeling from being in it for 10 seasons is that every season it gets tougher.

In isolation getting well beaten at the Etihad Stadium is nothing to be desperately ashamed of, even if going down so heavily isn't ideal for a team short in confidence and buoyed recently by good defensive displays and clean sheets.

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