Manchester City's John Stones: I'm better for overcoming tough spell

Postado Novembro 17, 2017

City boss Pep Guardiola has praised the 23-year-old, who shone as England kept out Germany and Brazil in successive 0-0 draws during the worldwide break.

"I think my performance speak for themselves", Stones said, as quoted by the Daily Mirror.

Stones hinted at previously over-thinking his game, which has been closely scrutinised, particularly since his £47.5million move from Everton to Manchester City in August 2016.

And now he is passing on his wisdom to Joe Gomez, who was the man of the match against Brazil, on his full debut. I've done my talking out there, wanted to improve. "Me personally, and anyone in life, if it's easy, you want a challenge".

"I now try to pass it [personal experiences] on to the young lads and give them a few words". Like with Joe. It's short and simple. You don't want to flood his brain for when he comes out on the pitch.

"That's what I found when I was growing up, playing in big games. I didn't want to be overrun and have too much information".

Indeed, Stones has earned praise for his communicative skills with defensive partner Harry Maguire in the 0-0 draw against Germany last Friday, and for chaperoning the inexperienced Liverpool youngster Joe Gomez through a scoreless 90 minutes against a Brazilian team boasting world-class talent such as Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho.

John Stones believes he has emerged as a better player after coming through a hard period following his move to Manchester City.

"It's about having a look at yourself and where you can improve and not shying away from where you've gone wrong". You can't argue with two clean sheets against top opposition.