Manchester City and Atalanta continued their quest for European glory Wednesday when both squads faced off in Italy. Manchester City goalkeeper Kyle Walker posted a clean sheet in relief duty during the 2nd half of the match. No big deal, except for the fact that he’s NOT A GOALKEEPER.
Yes, the Kyle Walker that is a FULLBACK went on and had a clean sheet in Manchester City’s 1-1 draw against Atalanta. So how did we get here? City’s normal goalkeeper, Ederson Moraes was subbed out at the half with an apparent injury. Pep Guardiola said about his start goalkeeper:
“It’s a muscular problem, it was a risk so we took him off as he was feeling it late in the first half.”
This could be a huge blow for City as they face off with Liverpool Sunday. But with Ederson subbed off, City looked to Claudio Bravo who has been marvelous for Manchester City when called upon. However; one of the most egregious red cards was pulled on Bravo after this “hard foul”
What About Ederson?
Raheem Sterling was subbed off for Kyle Walker to go into goal and the rest is history. Walker did make a couple of saves to keep the game at a 1-1 tie. But this was quite the odd turn of events. Especially in a Champions League match.
But for Manchester City fans, they better hope that Ederson is able to play Sunday vs Liverpool. This may seem cautionary as City will likely advance out of group stage. However; it’s still something to keep an eye on. Because if Liverpool is able to pull off a result, that may wrap up their first ever Premier League title.
-Brian Berard (@RockyBerard)