Ruben Dias targeting trophies but admits City cannot look beyond Premier League

Steve Nicol criticizes Ruben Dias’ season performance at Manchester City

Former Liverpool player and football pundit Steve Nicol has stirred controversy with his recent comments on Manchester City’s Ruben Dias. Nicol claimed that the 26-year-old defender has had a subpar season for the Premier League giants.

Despite City’s solid standing in the league, Nicol singled out Dias for criticism, suggesting that his performances have been “bang average.” This critique comes despite Dias’ pivotal role in City’s defensive line since joining the club.

“Ale’s [Ale Moreno] talking about [Ruben] Dias. Dias has not had a good season. Dias has been bang average. And so if he’s last man and [John] Stones is stuck in the middle of the park, then that’ll cause trouble”, he said about City’s number three [via ESPN FC].

“But I don’t think Pep [Guardiola] will change. He will go and play their best team. They will try to play the way they do and try and dominate the way they play.”

While acknowledging that every player experiences peaks and troughs, Nicol’s assessment of Dias has raised eyebrows among football fans and pundits alike.

Many argue that Dias’ contributions to City’s successes cannot be overlooked, especially considering his impact on their defensive stability.

Despite a few isolated errors, Dias has been a consistent performer for Pep Guardiola’s side, earning praise for his composure and defensive prowess.

Whether Nicol’s assessment holds weight remains a point of contention, as fans and experts debate Dias’ true impact on City’s season.

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