Guardiola praises Stones: He has ‘more balls’ than you

Date published: Monday 20th March 2017 10:30

Pep Guardiola has praised Manchester City defender John Stones, and in particular his “balls”.

Stones has endured plenty of criticism for a difficult debut campaign at City since joining from Everton for £47.5million in the summer.

The England international was dropped from the starting line-up at one stage last year, and has been scrutinised for a number of high-profile mistakes.

He produced perhaps his best performance under Guardiola on Sunday however in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool. One of 16 Conclusions were dedicated to him.

Guardiola led the chorus of praise however, hailing the 22-year-old’s “balls”.

“John Stones has more personality than anyone in this room – more balls than everyone here,” said the Spaniard. “I am delighted to have him.

“With all his huge amount of mistakes, I love him.

“He is under pressure. The people criticise him. They said he wouldn’t play again.

“It is not easy to play central defence for this manager but I admire my central defenders.”

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