February 28, 2024

Walker explains Vinicius Jr’s hug and dismisses criticism of the Brazilian player: ‘Don’t take football away from him’ | Champions League

After a fierce fight with Vinicius Jr. in their first leg match real madrid that it Manchester city, Walker winger has been chosen to speak to reporters on the eve of the decisive duel between the two teams, in the Champions League semi-finals, this Wednesday, at 4 pm (Brasilia time). The 32-year-old, who is one of the England captains, was asked several times about the Brazilian star at Tuesday’s press conference.

Among the themes was the affectionate hug Walker gave to Vini Jr. At the end of the game, when they talked and showed friendliness. The side explained that he joked with the Brazilian about trying to cover up during the confrontation.

– I went to hug him because he tried to give me a sheet. I was thinking “please don’t try this again and make me a meme”. Boxers get into a fight and shake hands afterwards. You show a level of respect because they deserve it. You hold a huge club in the Champions League, you show your respect. “Tomorrow (Wednesday) I will show him the respect he deserves, but before that it will be dog against dog,” Walker said.

Walker Manchester City – Photo: Reuters

Walker recalled the first leg and how he had made it difficult for Feeney Jr.’s actions, however, he managed to put in a good performance and score an amazing goal, which opened the scoring at the Santiago Bernabéu. The winger stated that he naturally faces the individual duel, citing, for example, the confrontation with Mbappe in the World Cup. And to be in Manchester City, you need to be ready to duel against the best athletes in the world.

– I don’t think it’s just A and B, it’s a team match. It’s a battle against one of the best players in the world. I encountered many who were just as good as him. Whoever is chosen to point out will put up a great fight.

The Englishman was also asked about Vinicius Junior’s attitude on the pitch and whether the Brazilian was provocative as some Spanish athletes accuse him. Walker then came out in defense of the Brazilian in the face of criticism.

He’s a very good player, who does what he needs to do to put his team in line. I don’t participate in all of it. If there is controversy, it won’t bother me. I’ve been through much more difficult things than teasing people. You’ve seen him fall easily, and that’s part of the game to try and take advantage of the opponent. Don’t take the football away from him. He’s a big player.

Manchester City will host Real Madrid on Wednesday, at exactly four o’clock in the evening (Brasilia time), in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final. Whoever wins gets the position in the decision, After a 1-1 draw in the first leg. In the event of a new tie, the match goes to extra time and penalties. ge fencing relay in real time.