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PEP: The City boss has been praised for keeping the Premier League fresh

Journalists and pundits alike have continued to praise the club with this morning’s headlines focusing on Pep Guardiola and John Stones.

First, The Telegraph believe Guardiola has already had a dramatic impact on the Premier League after only two matches in charge.

City won at Stoke on Saturday, a week after their opening day victory over Sunderland, and journalists believe the Spaniard’s effect is already rubbing off on the club and the league.

Jason Burt writes: “Would a coach who has dominated in Spain and Germany, and with the two strongest clubs in those countries, cut it in the physically intense, competitive chaos of the Premier League?

It is early days but we already have our answer. City may not win the league this season; they may not emulate the Champions League semi-final of the last campaign.

“He may ultimately fail. But Guardiola has made his mark. He has made a difference. There is no revolution just a raising of standards.

“The Spaniard has, within a few short weeks, changed the Premier League and done so for the better. He has made us – and his rivals – think and react.

“Everyone is on their toes and knows they have to lift their game. Be harder, faster, fitter – and smarter.”

IN OTHER NEWS: ALLARDYCE OPEN TO TERRY TALKS

Elsewhere, several outlets have reported on England manager Sam Allardyce’s comments on John Stones’ international future.

Mark Ogden of The Independent writes: “Sam Allardyce is ready to build his England back-four around John Stones after claiming he can develop into another Gerard Pique under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

“Despite being regarded as, at the age of 22, a player with potential, Allardyce believes that Guardiola’s influence at City will ensure that Stones’s development is accelerated for the benefit of club and country.

“Potential?” Allardyce said. “See there’s that word, but we don’t want potential, do we?

“I want it right now and I think he (Stones) has got a great chance of becoming ‘right now’ working with Manchester City, with all due respect to Everton.

“It’s about the level he has to get to (with City), because you don’t realise how much Pep Guardiola does focus on defending. It’s not just about winning the ball back.

“Pique was a little similar at Man Utd until he went to Barcelona. Then he became a good defender as well as a great asset for Barcelona in possession. So he had both and that’s why he has stayed there for so long.”

That’s all for this morning’s round-up of reports on your club. Keep checking mancity.com for all the latest news and City-related chat.

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