Manchester City

John Stones admits defensive howlers in City thriller


Manchester City and Monaco put on an absolute thriller in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Pep Guardiola’s side came from behind twice to win the first leg 5-3, but having let the Ligue 1 leaders notch up three away goals, they’ll be concerned going into the second half of the tie.

Although City have the advantage, you wouldn’t want to bet on them keeping a clean sheet at the Stade Louis II.

While John Stones got himself on the scoresheet, his defensive duties once again came under scrutiny.

The former Everton man has struggled since his big-money move to the Etihad, and while behind him, Claudio Bravo has been dropped, the centre-back has largely kept his place.

It’s clear he needs to improve, but in his post-match interview, he appeared to suggest it was more of a team issue.

“The three goals we conceded is something we need to work on but great team spirit, great desire and great goals from us as well,” he said, quoted by the Mirror.


Even as Champions League games go, they don’t come much better than last night’s.

This is not the kind of knife-edge football that Guardiola is used to in the competition, though.

Stones now has his second goal for the club, but he’ll have to be at his concentrated best in the return leg if City are to go through to the last eight.

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