Stones masterclass proves he could yet fulfil Pep Guardiola’s vision

The Manchester City defender has been blighted by injury but his display against Leipzig offered a glimpse of his true qualityFor 64 minutes of Manchester City’s 7-0 shellacking of Leipzig John Stones was the defender-midfielder pivot of Pep Guardiola’s prophecy. Taken off at this juncture on Tuesday night to a rapturous reception from the Etihad Stadium faithful, Stones had returned the type of masterclass his manager identified he could offer when he made him his No 1 transfer target before taking over City in summer 2016.Marco Rose’s visitors were overrun all evening. Erling Haaland hogged the headlines with his five-goal blitz, Kevin De Bruyne was a constant creative menace and Stones performed as a quasi-second Rodri, smoothly linking defence and attack as if operating in the mode for as a long as the Spaniard. Continue reading…

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