15 July 2024
How Stones turned his Man City career around

Pep Guardiola has praised John Stones for his character and renewed form in the Manchester City defence.

The 26-year-old defender has started in four of City’s last five Premier League matches, keeping a clean sheet time each time, including in Saturday’s 1-0 win at Southampton.

Stones’ revival has coincided with City’s upturn in form since the 2-0 defeat to Tottenham on November 21, with the club unbeaten in their last eight games in all competitions.

How Stones turned his Man City career around
How Stones turned his Man City career around

How did John Stones win back his place at Man City and reclaim Pep Guardiola’s trust? We tell the story on the Pitch to Post Preview Podcast…

Reflecting on the performance of Stones, who was absent as City were held by West Brom on Tuesday, Guardiola said: “Excellent. He’s back. He has turned his situation perfectly.

“He played really, really well with Ruben (Dias) as well, all of the back four were so brilliant defensively because it’s not easy.”

Guardiola added: “He has to continue being in the right position and doing what he has done through this season.”

City continue their Carabao Cup defence against Arsenal at the Emirates in the quarter-finals on Tuesday, live on Sky Sports.

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