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Dias: There are goals all over the team

Ruben Dias believes the entire squad is capable of finding the back of the net, which is what makes them so dangerous.

The defender's headed opener in Saturday’s 2-1 win over West Ham was his first City goal, before centre back partner John Stones grabbed the winner in the second half.

And while he admitted being on the scoresheet was a rarity for him, Dias is not surprised to see the goals shared across the team.

He said: “I cannot explain [my goal] and I can only think about how all of the team is made like this.


“One time it is the striker, the next time it is the winger, the next time it is the midfielder and sometimes it needs to be the centre backs or full-backs and that is what makes the team.

“It also speaks about our desire to win as everyone is involved.”

Our Portuguese defender is of course more familiar with stopping the ball from going in at the other end, and put in a typically commanding display against the Hammers.

While they may have conceded at the weekend, Dias was still quick to hail the defence's unrelenting aspiration to keep clean sheets.

“Our defence works the same way every game: a desire to win, a desire to not concede, a desire to make the opponents feel like it is very tough to get to our goal,” he added.

“These things happen with the right mentality.”

Pep Guardiola’s men have no time to bask in their 20th consecutive victory in all competitions, with Tuesday’s Premier League visit of Wolves firmly on the horizon.

For Dias, it is all about focusing on the short term if City are to continue their incredible form, and to avoid getting carried away by long term targets.

He said: “We will just continue on the same track which is one game at a time.

“Now, we are looking forward to the next one and nothing else.

“The worst enemy we can have is ourselves, we have just got to keep the right mentality and keep going.”

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