"It's up to us, as players, to create the atmosphere": Kyle Walker defends the handling of the Champions League by the fans of Manchester City, while training before the fight with Shakhtar Donetsk
- Manchester City meet Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday in the Champions League
- Some supporters of the city were accused of not taking care of the competition
- Kyle Walker insists it's up to the players to create a good atmosphere
- Defender says Pep Guardiola's men do not think about Manchester United
Kyle Walker defended the fans of Manchester City against allegations, the Etihad stadium has no atmosphere for the Champions League encounters.
The city will start against Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday as Group F leaders and with another win, can take a big step towards their last 16 qualifiers.
However, their fans have been accused of staying away from the competition, and others have repeatedly uttered the Champions League anthem before the kick-off.
Kyle Walker believes it is up to the players to create an atmosphere against Shakhtar Donetsk
Manchester City players created their own training atmosphere on Tuesday
Leroy Sane seems uncomfortable as he jokes with his teammates from the City
"It's up to us as players to create the atmosphere there and help the fans," Walker said at a pre-game press conference on Tuesday. "You are the 12th man.
"We have an important job on the field to win and we have to write history for this club, that's what we want to do."
Walker and his team-mates from Manchester City saw on Tuesday in training their own atmosphere as they prepared the final preparations for the European duel.
What appeared to be little more than a friendly "bundle" came between almost the entire team as the coaches were amused. On Wednesday evening, however, there is little or no room for disorder.
An overview of Manchester City's last training session, which is divided into separate groups
Phil Foden plays a pass when Sergio Aguero tries to intercept under Mikel Arteta's watchful eye
Pep Guardiola watches as his teammates from Manchester City train under his leadership
The game against Shakhtar comes four days before a huge derby with rival Manchester United, but Walker insists that City focuses only on Shakhtar.
"Every game is important," he added. "We're going game by game, we're fully focused on Wednesday, we'll think about the Sundays after this game."
The former Tottenham defender also revealed why he cuts holes in his socks before the games, after he drew attention to his unique appearance at the start of his season.
He said, "With my age, I get tight calves. I do that to relieve some pressure. "