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Kyle Walker says that crushing defeats by Liverpool and Manchester United made it feel like Manchester City were in the depths of a relegation battle.

But after bouncing back with a crucial win at his old club Tottenham, to set up the Blues’ title win, the England right back was STILL not taking his first Premier League winner’s medal for granted.

The Blues’ victory at Wembley crushed the hope out of United, who slumped to home defeat by West Brom to make it three league titles in six years for City.

That Saturday night win lifted the mood considerably after the derby defeat a week earlier, and the two Champions League quarter-final defeats either side of it, but there was no premature celebration from Walker and his teammates.

Said Walker: “We’ve had probably the toughest period, definitely in my career at the club.

City had to bounce back from the depths after losing to Liverpool over two legs
City had to bounce back from the depths after losing to Liverpool over two legs

“We’ve gone from doing so well in all competitions to take three losses, and sometimes it felt like it was a relegation battle in there with the mood.

“We’re all winners and we want to win and in them games unfortunately we didn’t. But we put that right. That shows the character and the belief in the standard of players in the dressing room.”

But there was no sense of euphoria at Wembey on Saturday night, as Walker left clutching the shirt of his old teammate and former City youngster Kieran Trippier.

“I won’t taste it until it’s completely done,” said Walker. “I know it’s a cliché but I’ve seen mad things happen in football, especially in the last week. Until it’s finally over the line I won’t say anything.

“We’re one step closer. We knew it was a massive, important game.

“It’s been a long season, with a lot of games in a lot of competitions.

“It was probably a feeling of relief after what’s happened in the last week, which is understandable.

“But it’s great character, not just from the players but from the management staff as well, to pick us up and get us where we needed to be, winning three points.”

Regardless of if and when the league title is won, Walker said that losing to Liverpool was hard to take.

“It was crushing,” he said. “Alright, some decisions didn’t go our way but you have to take it on the chin and bounce back better and stronger.

“I’m not going to stand here and say we didn’t deserve what happened.

“Liverpool beat us in two games and congratulations to them. I wish them all the success in the Champions League because it would be fantastic for an English club to go and win it.

“I’ve got a bitter taste in my mouth that it isn’t us but you have to take your hat off to them. They beat us over the two games and that’s all you can say.”

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