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Pep: My faith in Stones is total

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The England defender has needed to be patient for first team opportunities over the past six months, with Vincent Kompany and Laporte seeing out the remaining months of the 2018/19 season.

Though Stones has always been in or around the team during that spell, he perhaps hasn't been a regular starter.

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Now, with Kompany gone and Laporte  possibly out until the New Year, Stones is expected to have a good run of games for the champions - and Pep trusts him completely.

"He’s going to play incredible in this period," said Pep.

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"He will play well, I have no doubts about his quality. Like Nico and in pre season with Tyler and Eric, we will move on.

"His personality is always there; he’s a guy who n might make a mistake but will try again and again

"Sometimes I decide for Nico, but they have to compete and the quality is there.

"I know the quality after three seasons - I have no doubts about quality."