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How did Kyle Walker become City’s new number 1?

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How did Kyle Walker actually become the Manchester City goalkeeper in a UEFA Champions League game?

Football is sometimes called a funny old game.

Those in the stands and watching from afar scratched their heads in disbelief.

City manager Pep Guardiola was perhaps more panic-stricken than seeing the funny side of things.

City lost first-choice goalkeeper Ederson at half time through injury.

No big deal, all top-flight teams have a backup keeper on the bench, up comes Claudio Bravo.

Suddenly, in the 81st minute, disaster strikes. A rush of blood to the head for Bravo and he finds himself sent off for a foul outside the box.

As everyone on the City bench looks at each other in disbelief, it was time for defender Kyle Walker to shine.

This is a player who admittedly likes to give the goalkeepers a hard time when they drop the ball. This time, though, it was him in the deepened and he found out just how hard the job really is.

Speaking to BT Sport, he revealed how he ended up drawing the short straw.

He said:

“I try, sometimes, to banter the keepers in training to try and catch it, but as I found tonight that sometimes you do have to take two touches.”

Pep Guardiola was relieved and pleased all at once.

He said:

“We didn’t know before but Xavi Mancisidor, our goalkeeper coach, suggested him for his courage and because he is quick.”

“We are lucky we only conceded one shot on target when he was in goal.”

Thanks to that solitary save, City held on for an important draw.