Man City defender confronts Vinicius 3Man City defender confronts Vinicius 3

In the first leg, Walker was placed in the starting role by coach Pep Guardiola to deal with Vinicius’ speed.

Before today’s rematch at the Etihad, when asked the reason behind this hug, Walker half-joked and half-seriously said he sent a warning to the Real striker.

`I went to hug Vinicius because he tried to pick the ball over my head,` the English defender said on May 16 at the pre-match press conference.

Walker (right) in a happy moment with Vinicius (center) after the 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu in the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals on May 9.

Vinicius is one of the most in-form players in Europe this season, with 23 goals and 21 assists in 53 matches in all competitions.

But Walker does not mind the 22-year-old striker’s style of play and emphasized that he has faced more difficult challenges on the field.

Walker is confident he can contain Vinicius like he did when facing Kylian Mbappe in the 2022 World Cup quarter-finals between England and France.

In April, Guardiola said Walker `did not have the right movements` to play the role of full-back and holding midfielder and lost his starting spot to John Stones.

Walker admitted feeling `painful` when listening to the Spanish teacher’s statements.

Walker returned to the main squad in five of the last six Premier League matches in addition to the Champions League semi-final first leg.

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