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The former defender of the Citizens has been impressed by how the two men have come together in Pep Guardiola’s starting eleven this season
Ruben Dias and John Stones are forging a “formidable” partnership according to Joleon Lescott, who says it is clear that the Manchester City duo have each other’s back.
City currently have the best defensive record in the Premier League, having only sent 13 goals in their first 15 matches.
Pep Guardiola’s team gave up a clean sheet at the end of their comfortable win over Chelsea on Sunday, but still have two fewer goals in goals against the column than any other team in the division today.
Their latest win saw them climb to fifth place in the top flight standings, four points behind current leaders Liverpool, who have played one game less.
Dias and Stones played the full 90 minutes at Stamford Bridge, with the former continuing his brilliant start in life at City following his £ 65 million ($ 89 million) move from Benfica in the summer transfer window.
Stones has been the perfect complement to the Portugal international since regaining his place in Guardiola’s lineup in November, and Lescott believes his understanding grows stronger with each passing game.
“The partnership with Dias and Stones is becoming formidable,” the former City defender told the club. official website. “That comes with the games and that’s a key element for any central defense association, trust.
“I need to know that if I expose myself for a brief second, you will back me up. They have that. You see them lifting each other up and celebrating the innings like they were a goal. We fit in, but overall, it’s possibly one of the calmest games the goalkeeper has ever had.
Nedum Onuoha echoed the sentiments of his former teammate and expressed his belief that Guardiola now has more strength in depth at his disposal than his rivals at other Premier League clubs.
“When they brought Dias in, they brought him in for a reason, the problems that maybe were there, they brought him in to fix them,” said the former City defender.
“He’s good on the ball, but he’s a defender first. It’s great that he can play and have that confidence, but how rare is it to see a player high-fives John Stones and ended up in the stands for tackling Timo Werner?
“That is different, and that is what the City needed. For the last year or so people looked at City and thought they could get to them, but to see Dias playing so well, the Stones play so well and to know that Aymeric Laporte can get in there and others, teams don’t have that impulse. .
“This is a guy who could be a really good player for the team.”