Kyle Walker sends Pep Guardiola message about Man City selection headaches

Kyle Walker says Manchester City's players want to give Pep Guardiola a headache for the rest of the season – because it means the team will still be flying.

Rampant City set a new record of 15 wins in a row for a top-flight side with Wednesday's 3-1 FA Cup fifth round win at Swansea.

Guardiola continued to rotate his squad, making seven changes from the side that beat Liverpool 4-1 at Anfield, but those who came in continued City's formidable winning run.

One of those was Walker, who said whatever team Guardiola puts out is able to go out and win, proving their formidable squad depth and giving their boss a selection dilemma.

“I've said it many times before, I would hate to be this manager because of the headache we must cause him,” said Walker.

“Every 11 that he puts out seems to put a good performance in. But it's a good problem to have and shows the level of where this football club is moving.

“Whoever is named on the team-sheet needs to put in a good performance and put pressure on those who are starting now and hopefully give the manager something to think about.

“We want to achieve great things here and hopefully we can do.

“The level we have set ourselves this season, definitely over the last couple of months, have been extraordinarily high.

“If we were to let our standard drop, it wouldn’t be doing ourselves justice.

“Each and every game, we approach it like it's our last. We change nothing and we do nothing different.

“The manager prepares just the same, whether it's Swansea or Liverpool, everything is done in detail to give us as much information as he can before we go out on the field.”

City have established a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a game in hand and are looking unstoppable as they chase a third league title in four years.

Guardiola sarcastically dismissed suggestions City were already champions having opened up such a commanding lead, with defender Walker echoing his manager's caution.

“We'll just keep on taking every game as it comes and hopefully we'll have a few trophies at the end of the season” said Walker.

“We'll just keep our feet on the floor and keep doing the hard work on the training field.”

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