John Stones has rejuvenated himself this season since the arrival of Ruben Dias and is hoping to finally win the Champions League final.
Manchester City Central defender John Stones has rejuvenated himself this season after a below par 2019-20 campaign. The 27-year old will be playing in his first Champions League final like many of his teammates when the English champions take on Chelsea on Saturday. Stones has formed a formidable partnership alongside summer signing Ruben Dias in the central-defence. The Englishman is aiming to make history at the club when they go to Porto for their maiden Champions League final.
Manchester City, who faltered against Monaco, Tottenham, Liverpool and Lyon in the last seasons, finally beat PSG this season to book a ticket for the showdown.
Stones said: “I want the day to come fast. It’s just pure excitement. It is something that we have never experienced before and something so exciting for us and our families, and all the fans that are able to turn up now.
“It is something we really we want to go into in our best moment to try and make history for the club, make history as players and try to break this cycle of us not being there in the Champions League. Now we are and we have got that chance to win it.”
Pep Guardiola has been criticized for his failure to win the Champipns League since 2011 when he won with Barcelona.
John Stones was one of the initial signing’s Pep made after taking charge. Stones’ ability to play out from the back and composure on the ball was perfectly suited for Guardiola’s philosophy.
But the center-back struggled a little bit after that point. He even lost his place in the starting eleven and England squad last season.
But the defender has fought his way back this season and the arrival of Ruben Dias has only helped him. He is hoping to repay Pep with his performances.
“What he has done for me and what he has taught me on the pitch has been something I hope I can only repay with my performances.
“For everyone in the club, what he has brought to Manchester City over these five years is incredible. The amount of trophies, the memories.
“He is important on and off the pitch. And I am sure he is dying to get his hands on this one for sure.”