John Stones impressed by Guardiola’s brain

The England centre-back has opened up on his career and life at the Etihad Stadium under the Manchester City manager.

Manchester City defender John Stones has revealed how he was stunned by manager Pep Guardiola’s footballing brains after working under the Spaniard for the past six years at the Etihad Stadium.

Guardiola signed Stones from Everton in 2016, making him the second most expensive defender in the world at the time, and the England international says he learned a lot from the former FC Barcelona manager.

“I honestly thought I knew football to a decent degree after leaving Everton,” he told GOAL. “Obviously after I showed up and started training after a week or two, I thought, ‘I literally don’t know anything about football.

“His brain and the way he sees different teams or tactics, I can’t put it in a simple way. It’s just the way his mind thinks about football. And the way he expresses that to us, in as players – to make us do what he wants, what he thinks and what he believes – is incredible.”

Stones also gave insight into what makes the 51-year-old successful and what it’s like to work under Guardiola.

“Intense. And demanding. And I think that’s definitely why he’s been so successful in the six years I’ve been with him. I think it comes from inside of him.” , he added.

“He does it every day and we as players now realize that every day is a new moment or a new opportunity to improve.”

Stones spoke to GOAL while attending Box to Box – check out more video content on our channel Youtubeincluding interviews with the likes of Declan Rice, Raphael Varane and Kieran Tierney!


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