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It was not the best start to the season for Manchester City. The beginning of the course brought everything a team does not want: few victories and many injuries. After the first five days, the ‘Citizens’ were 13th in the Premier League, which meant the worst start of any season for Pep Guardiola since he was manager. Never before at Barcelona, at Bayern or even at City had a course started so badly. In addition, neither Gabriel Jesus nor Agüero were there, others like De Bruyne or Gündogan were also injured and then Laporte did. The doubts of the beginning, however, were covered with triumphs.
A few months later, Manchester City can already face any of their title rivals. In the Premier League they are second to two points behind Manchester United, but they have a pending match. The ‘citizens’ accumulate a total of 16 games without losing in all competitions, the second best streak of the Catalan coach since he arrived in England. In addition, following the data, they add nine consecutive wins and for the first time since May 2018 they are more than three points above Liverpool. As if that were not enough, City’s is the best defense in the championship with only 13 goals against.
Here is one of the key points of this improvement. Good defensive records have been linked to two footballers. John Stones and Ruben Dias have taken the center back and solidity has come hand in hand. Stones has played 17 games this season and the team, with him on the field, has only received two. While the Englishman has regained his place in the squad – he was destined to leave last summer – and there is even talk of his return to the English team, after three goals this season, the Portuguese has only confirmed what many expected when he Manchester City paid almost 70 million euros for him. “I can assure you that we have signed a player for the next five, six, seven years. And that is very difficult. His ability is incredible. He understands the game, he wants to learn and he has surprised us all by how he takes care of his body and mind. “Pep Guardiola explained.
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