Manchester City forced to play Kyle walker in goal after Claudio Bravo red card in their Champions League match vs Atalanta.
Manchester City’s success in the last decade has split opinions among fans. While there are many that are thrilled at the prospect of seeing a super team comprising of a squad full of world class players, there are also many that have accused them of buying their success.
Manchester City have been one of the most consistent sides in the world over the last few years. However, by their usual standards, City have had a rollercoaster ride. The club’s infliction with injuries has forced them to play their defensive midfielders as makeshift centre backs.
The club do not want to suffer any more injuries to their first team players with the long season ahead. Which is why they replaced Ederson with Claudio Bravo before half-time. It was reported on BT Sport that Ederson had suffered a ‘minor injury’ and that the Brazilian was only taken off as a precaution. However, more nightmare was to follow the English Champions.
Manchester City forced to play Kyle walker in goal after Claudio Bravo red card
A win tonight would have ensured Manchester City’s qualification to the knock-out stage. Raheem Sterling’s 7th minute strike ensured that City were half-way there. However, Atalanta fought back and scored one themselves in the 49th minute.
City seemed dangerous like they always do and the winner seemed to be just around the corner. However, the match was thrown on its head when Claudio Bravo was sent off in the 81st minute. With no keeper on their bench, City were forced to send Kyle Walker in goal.
Confusion ensued as it seemed like the referee was objecting to Walker’s arrival on the pitch. However, after confirmation from the officials and getting Walker the correct kit, England’s right back walked in to take the duties between the sticks.
Things you absolutely LOVE to see…
Outfield players going in goal and making less than convincing saves 🤣
Well played, Kyle Walker 👐🙌 pic.twitter.com/yUyEJIUvs1
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 6, 2019
— Danny Culley (@DannyCulley7) November 6, 2019
Despite the growing tension though, Manchester City ended the match with no further hiccups. Both sides leave with a point each. Pep Guardiola and his boys though, will be disappointed at not getting the job done tonight. However, they are still well placed and will surely make it to the next stage.
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