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Pep Guardiola said John Stones proved he belongs to Manchester City after a derby win over United in the EFL Cup semi-finals.
The Stones scored his first goal for City since November 2017 and Fernandinho sealed a 2-0 win at Old Trafford on Wednesday when the three-time defending champions booked a spot in the final against Tottenham.
The City defender, who was relieved to see the flag hoisted after the ball bounced off his own net during the semi-final, has been in good shape this season, and his six possessions won against United were the best for his page. .
City manager Guardiola praised the Stones, who had appeared outside at the club before starting to impress.
“He came back and did another outstanding performance, but the most important thing is that he can do something that he has not been able to do: play four, five, six games in a row. This is important, “he said at a press conference.
“He had to handle [Marcus] Rashford, who is dangerous and intelligent, and the quality of his passes to Joao [Cancelo] they were outstanding. The whole team, Fernandinho, our captain, what a performance again. He read the game incredibly well, he moved the team. Exceptional.
“All players – [Ilkay] Gundogan, Raheem [Sterling], Phil [Foden] … All the team “.
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Guardiola added: “All the credit [to Stones]. Soccer is a long career, it has ups and downs, sometimes bad moments. He was gone longer than we expected, but he came back and he definitely belongs here.
“We can help him, but when someone plays like this, it is a credit to him. Hopefully he can continue in this way.”