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Guardiola praises Dias and mentions the importance of his presence

Tue 02 February 2021 | 23:48

23-year-old Dias seems to have become an important player in Manchester City according to Guardiola.

Pep Guardiola

talks about the impact of

Ruben Dias

on

Manchester City

and compares it to

Virgil van Dijk

's move to

Liverpool

.

He said:

"So far, how he's settled immediately, in terms of mentality and he's a guy who lives 24 hours for his profession.

"Every step he does, at home, on or off the pitch, eating, sleeping, recovering time, preparation time, everything is to be perfect during this 95-minute football game. That's why."

Dias has performed for City since he joined the club, and Guardiola admits that his presence in the club is important. He said:

"He’s not just a player who plays good, he's a player who makes the other guys play good too.

"It’s 90 minutes talking, 90 minutes communicating, 90 minutes saying what they have to do in every single action. When that happens, it's difficult for me and he's undroppable.

"It's quite similar like Eric [Garcia], Eric has this mentality to play 90 minutes talk, lead the other ones.

John Stones

and Dias have started a strong prolific partnership. Stones had been unable to score for City more than once in

12 matches.

Guardiola then talked about Stones and said:

"What I want from my players - all of them, not just John, is to be happy.

"He struggled to be happy here - especially with injuries, some personal problems, for many reasons, a lack of minutes. I didn’t see him like he is right now. "In the past he was not like he is now, with the stability, the mentality, happiness, commitment focusing and everything.

He added that Stones has managed to freshen up all by himself and gave credit to him for the way he overcame his problems.


source: SportMob