With around half of the campaign done, Manchester City are currently well in the Premier League title race. City are currently sat 2nd in the English top-flight, just two points adrift of table-topping Manchester United.
A big part of the Sky Blues’ success this season is down to defensive solidity.
A big part of City’s defensive success is due to the partnership of Ruben Dias and John Stones, with the former recently discussing said parring in an interview:
“The connection with John has been just brilliant. But I would like to say that it’s not just me and John. A brilliant example of that, I think it was against Brighton. We were winning 1-0 but struggling and then I see Kevin and Gundo dying on the pitch. You know, running back, running forwards. Dying.
“That moment just said to me, if these guys are running like that, who will not? If these guys give everything for the team, who will not?
“Trust is given. Trust is earned. So when you start to build that defensive point of view, if we’re not conceding, we’re closer to winning, and then everyone starts to believe in it. They see your will to accomplish that. That makes this team strong.”
This backline has conceded just 13 in 18 this season, the best record in the PL.