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Dias: Individuals win games; teams win titles

As City prepare to face one of our toughest tests, Ruben Dias asserts his side's true strength lies in the collective.

With the clock ticking down to a mouth-watering Champions League semi-final clash, which will see two star-studded squads lock horns in a fascinating two-legged tie, anticipation is building.

City's defensive solidarity has been a key trait of our European success this term - since falling behind in our opening group game, Pep Guardiola's men did not concede another goal until the quarter-final stages.

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Naturally, it is a feat Dias and co. take immense pride in, and the defender stated the importance of the team ethic and effort, as the players ready themselves to face an impressive Paris Saint-Germain outfit.

"The whole team should take credit for clean sheets," he said. "We all prevent goals at different times

"Just as we all take credit for defending, we should do the same for attacking play.

"I like to look at the game as a collective because I really believe you can't do it any other way.

"Individuals can win games but leagues and big competitions are won by teams.

"Every football fan knows about Paris Saint-Germain - be it individually or collectively.

"A forward may be superior, as they are technically gifted. Others are great in the air, others are special because of their great pace; others because they're intelligent...

"In the Premier League, Champions League and any competitions, we end up facing all kinds of players. Our mindset is always the same: take one game at a time, treat every game like a Final.

"Only like that can our team succeed."

Hear Ruben's interview in full, in the video above...

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