Manchester City and John Stones, both have improved since Pep Guardiola took charge of the Citizens. The Spaniard has made Stones one of the finest English defenders as it was visible in Russia.
Hours before Manchester City start their title defence against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, John Stones sat down with Sky Sports for an exclusive, but a little out of the box interview. The England international was asked to reply on various quotes from his managers and team-mates. And the Englishman did it in some fashion.
One on One with Stones:
The first quote was from Guardiola about the defender’s personality on the pitch. And Stones did not hesitate to credit the manager for changing his career.
“John Stones has more personality than all of us here together in this room, and more balls as well.” – Pep Guardiola, March 2017
“I can’t remember what game that was. One of my friends told me about it actually and I just started laughing because it’s the kind of thing he would say and I can imagine how he would say it!” said Stones. “For me, he’s the best manager in the world and the trust he has had in me has brought me on so much. It’s the best place for me to be in my career. I 100 percent want to be one of the best in the world, but I know it will take time and hard work on and off the pitch.”
John Stones was one of the best performers in Russia in the heart of the Gareth Southgate’s England defense. He even fulfilled his childhood dream by scoring in the World Cup as he grabbed a brace against Panama. The defender’s former team-mate, Stephen Foster confessed that he got emotional after watching Stones’ goals. But what was going through John’s mind?
“It was so strange because I didn’t feel like I’d scored until I went up to my family after the game and they couldn’t believe it. I never thought I’d score in a World Cup as a kid. It was a special moment, probably more for them than me because I probably didn’t take it all in and realise what I’d done.”
Stones also replied to quotes from England manager Gareth Southgate, his former Everton manager Roberto Martinez and from his team-mates, Kyle Walker, Fabian Delph and Danny Welbeck. You can check the entire interview here.
The defender will kick-start his EPL campaign tonight, as the Citizens face Arsenal on the first Sunday of 2018-19 season.
John Stones is now a very different player from what he was two years back. One can remember him making a few errors in the defence and people criticizing Pep for paying such a huge amount for him. But the defender has definitely proved everyone incorrect and despite his heroics for both club and country, it is great to see him being down to earth.