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Spotlight: John Stones v Stoke

TOUGH: Stones won many aerial battles in Saturday's 4-1 win

TOUGH: Stones won many aerial battles in Saturday's 4-1 win

We put the spotlight on John Stones’ man-of-the-match performance in City’s 4-1 win over Stoke yesterday.

The centre-back continued to impress in a City shirt, marshalling the defence as they withstood threatening Stoke pressure in the second half.

Stones oozed class on the ball, while dominating aerial duels and staying alert to sweep up attacks.

Media reaction

Simon Curtis of ESPN rated the former Everton defender’s performance as 9/10 – quite the compliment for a centre-back in a 4-1 win!

He wrote: “Stones provided the subtlety and class alongside Nicolas Otamendi's agricultural weaving. Composed and unhurried delivery of the ball, happy to stroll forward with the attack and cool as a cucumber in his defensive chores.

The MEN’s Stuart Brennan also heaped praise on the England international, reflecting: “John Stones showed he is much more than a fancy-dan footballing centre-half, sticking his head in at vital times and showing some cute defensive awareness at others.

Stats

ACCURATE: Stones boasted a high pass accuracy in the Stoke win

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What the Media Says

Pundits purr over Potters win

ON FIRE: Sergio Aguero opens the scoring from the penalty spot

City’s 4-1 win over Stoke at the Bet365 stadium on Saturday got journalists purring over a combination of defensive resilience and ruthlessness going forward.

Stuart Brennan of the Manchester Evening News hailed Pep Guardiola’s “revolutionaries” as they made it nine goals in two away games.

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Gabriel wins Olympic Gold with Brazil

TWO OF SIX: Gabriel Jesus nets two goals for Brazil in their six-nil win over Honduras in the Rio Olympics 2016 semi-final.

Gabriel Jesus’s Brazil won Olympic gold after beating Germany on penalties in the Rio 2016 final.

The incoming City forward helped his side win Olympic gold in football for the first time in their illustrious history.

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