Kyle Walker reveals he had a sleepless night before Man City's 2-0 win over Tottenham... as he opens up on 'nerves' saddling Pep Guardiola's stars chasing historic fourth consecutive league title

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Kyle Walker revealed he endured a sleepless night before Manchester City inched closer to becoming the first English club to ever win four top-flight titles in a row.

City go into the final day with destiny in their own hands after beating Tottenham 2-0 via an Erling Haaland brace on Tuesday night.

But they were indebted to substitute goalkeeper Stefan Ortega on a nervous night in which Pep Guardiola insisted that any dropped points would crown Arsenal champions.

‘I think that maybe sometimes people forget we are humans and the emotion, the nerves, the adrenaline, it’s all running through your body,’ Walker said.

‘I couldn’t sleep on Monday night. I was scrambling to get half an hour at the hotel before the game. And then everything is going through your head.

Kyle Walker admitted he had a sleepless night ahead of Man City's trip to Spurs due to 'nerves'

Kyle Walker admitted he had a sleepless night ahead of Man City's trip to Spurs due to 'nerves'

Kyle Walker admitted he had a sleepless night ahead of Man City's trip to Spurs due to 'nerves'

‘I thought we lost a lot of silly balls in the first half but we came out in the second half after having a talking to by the manager.

‘He was saying that as long as we can look each other in the eyes at the end of the game and say we have done our best that he is not going to judge us on this one game, because what we have done as a collective over the last few years has been fantastic.’

City face a wait to find out whether Ederson’s eye injury clears up sufficiently for the final game against West Ham on Sunday, with Rodri hailing Ortega as ‘the best keeper in the world’.

And Walker believes City’s mentality has set them apart from their rivals this season.

‘There's always points in the season where you need to have some kind of words,’ he added. ‘You don't have a full campaign with everything going swimmingly. There are times when you lean on certain players and have a quiet word with them individually or collectively.

‘It's not because it's a personal thing and sometimes other members of the captaincy group or anyone can come and have a word with me if they don't think I'm pulling my weight.

‘All I want is the best for the club and all I want is the best for the bunch of lads in there. A lot of the time we get the result we want and they work their socks off.

Pep Guardiola's side are chasing an unprecedented fourth consecutive league title

Pep Guardiola's side are chasing an unprecedented fourth consecutive league title 

‘Nobody sees the hard graft that these lads dedicate themselves to live every day when we're competing in all the competitions, travelling here, there and everywhere to play in the competitions that we've been fortunate to win. It's hard work.

‘I'm not saying Arsenal don't do that. They do, because I know Mikel [Arteta] and the lads there and they put the hard work and dedication in. Whoever wins the Premier League come Sunday deserves to win it so may the best team win.’

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