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Ex-City winger: ‘Stones & Dias are the new Vidic & Ferdinand’

Fri 08 January 2021 | 16:29

The previous Blues winger Trevor Sinclair sees similitudes between a defensive duo struck up at the Etihad and an iconic one from Manchester United's past

The blooming center-back association between

Ruben Dias


John Stones


Manchester City

implies the Blues could have the new

Nemanja Vidic


Rio Ferdinand

on their hands, says Trevor Sinclair. 

Pep Guardiola is enjoying seeing those at the core of a back four acquire such high commendation. 

However, Vincent Kompany was before a supernatural presence for Cityzens; however, his struggles with injuries and ensuing takeoff in 2019 remained a sizeable void for any elective alternatives to fill. 

Enormous cash has been spent attempting to fix those issues, with late entries seeing Aymeric Laporte, Dias, and Nathan Ake joining the squad. 

Stones was drafted in preceding that, with £47.5 million ($65m), funded for his skills on the ball in 2016. 

The 26-year-old had a rough time to find consistency during his time at the Etihad Stadium, with speculations on his exit; however, he is now performing a high-quality display. 

The England international is prospering close by Portuguese star Dias, with Sinclair comparing them to the Red Devils' formidable duo.

“I think Manchester City have got two ways of playing now." ex-Manchester City winger said.

“If you look at the possession against some teams, it’s not what it used to be. They’ve got a possession-based game where they’re dictating and getting in the final third, but also if they’re not having any joy with that they’ll sit back.

“Because they’re so confident with John Stones and Ruben Dias they’ll sit back and like we’ve seen in that 15 minutes at Chelsea, they’ll hit you on the break. They’ve got speed going forward and if you give them half a pitch to work in they’ll go and destroy you.”

On the Stones/Dias partnership, Sinclair added:

“It’s been outstanding. It kind of reminds me of when Vidic and Rio were together – one of them would make a block and they’d high five each other.

“It just seems they’ve got that kind of relationship and chemistry where they respect each other.

“They look like they’re a really good contrast of players; one of them wants to head the ball, Ruben Dias is a really good talker and John Stones’ stats… he’s played eight, won seven and drawn one and lost none.

“He’s got 93.4 per cent pass accuracy – that’s number one in the league – and this season he’s played 10, won nine, drawn one and lost none. When he’s not in the starting XI, they’ve played 15, won eight, drawn five, lost two.

“It’s there in black and white. It’s great, he’s had difficult times and been in the media for the wrong reasons, he’s been dropped from the England squad but he seems to have got his life together and it’s back together on the pitch.

“This is what we knew we [Man City] were buying. Everyone knew he had the potential to play like this and for me this is the best football he’s been playing in his career.”

source: SportMob