Pep Guardiola hails Stones, Dias partnership

Pep Guardiola hails Stones, Dias partnership

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has hailed the center-back partnership of Ruben Dias and John Stones after the Citizens beat Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Stones and Dias started together at the back in City 2-0 victory over Gladbach, a win that saw the Premier League side advance to the last 8 of the Champions League. Guardiola said the pair has the key to City's resurgence this season as they stormed to the quarter-finals of the UCL with a 4-0 aggregate. 

"We just conceded one goal against Porto and that is quite impressive," Guardiola said.

"You can’t deny that Ruben and John made an incredible step forward for the team this season."

"We defend with the ball. That is the most important thing that when the opponent arrives we are solid enough."

"Since the first year I arrived, they told me that you have to win the Champions League. It is always on our shoulders but I’m not concerned about that. If you deserve it in football, you go through. I’m not thinking about getting to the semi-finals. I’m thinking about playing a good first leg (in the quarter-finals) and then a good second leg."

City will now put their focus on the FA Cup quarter-finals when they travel to Goodison Park to take on Everton this Saturday. 

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