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1st for touches, 1st for clearances, 3rd for turnovers – Man City player shines v Chelsea (Opinion)


Manchester City enjoyed a 1-0 win over Chelsea and John Stones was one of many players who impressed. The 28-year-old has reverted to centre-back since the domestic season resumed and lined up alongside Nathan Ake and Kyle Walker on Thursday evening.

Stones was outstanding at Stamford Bridge, making more clearances, winning more aerial duels and completing more passes than any teammate who started. The England international made a brilliant last-ditch tackle as Christian Pulisic was bearing down on goal too.

Only Rodri (6) and Ilkay Gundogan (6) turned over the ball more times than Stones (3) against Chelsea, but no player blocked more shots (1). The 28-year-old made four clearances, didn’t give away a foul and completed 97.8% of his 89 passes, so he can be very proud of his efforts.

Zach Moloney of Vital Man City gave Stones a player rating of 9.5/10 and called him a ‘juggernaut’. Tyrone Marshall of the Manchester Evening News gave the 28-year-old a player rating of 8/10 and called his performance ‘excellent’.

Stones has made 15 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring one goal with one assist. He’s spent a lot of the Premier League campaign as a makeshift right-back but proved his worth in a central role.

In other news, Pep Guardiola hails Rico Lewis after Chelsea win

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