Pep Guardiola was a happy man last night.
After seeing off Chelsea last weekend, it was City’s turn to face United in the Carabao Cup semi final.
OGS’ men were in a good run of form, until they lost to City last night in a 2-0.
Pep praised his whole team but reserved special praise for John Stones who kept a clean sheet and scored a goal in the bog match.
“All credit for him (Stones). In a long career, you always have ups and downs. Unfortunately, he struggled longer than we expected and he expected – but his comeback is absolutely down to him,” Guardiola told the British media.
“He made another outstanding performance. But the most important thing he has been able to do – something he has struggled with the past three or four years – is play four, five, six games in a row. This is so important.”
Stones himself was eager to prove his talent and pin down a spot at City.
“I’m trying to play as many games as I can … give everything for the shirt. Staying true to myself, to what I can do and what I can improve on,” Stones told Sky Sports.
“Playing in these big games is something I thrive off, the team thrives off. I’m trying to improve as much as I can.”