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Ruben Dias reveals reason for Manchester City’s recent defensive improvements


When Vincent Kompany left Manchester City in 2019, few could have imagined the impact the veteran defender’s exit would have on Pep Guardiola’s side.

After all, the Belgian’s status as a mainstay of the starting XI had long since waned, but City’s inaugural campaign without their former captain saw them concede more than 50% more league goals than in their last season. at the club.

John Stones, Rúben Dias
Dias’ partnership with Stones flourishes | Visionhaus / Getty Images

Guardiola has not shied away from building defensive reinforcements since arriving at Etihad Stadium, and last September he added another important signing to his roster in the form of Ruben Dias.

The Portugal international has adapted perfectly to life in the Premier League – with his
The partnership alongside John Stones is a big part of the reason why City are coming back to look like true title contenders – although the youngster believes his superb defensive record this season reflects the squad as a whole rather than him and his team. defensive colleagues.

“The connection with John [Stones] was just great, but I would like to say it’s not just me and John, “he told the Daily Mail.” A shining example of that I think it was against Brighton. We were winning 1-0 but we were struggling and then I see Kevin [De Bruyne] and Gundo [Ilkay Gundogan] die on the ground. You know, run backward, run forward. Dying.

“That moment just told me, if these guys run like this, who won’t?” If these guys give their all for the team, who won’t?

“Confidence is given. Trust is earned. So when you start to build that defensive point of view, if we don’t concede we’re closer to winning, and everyone starts to believe it. They see your will to accomplish this. It makes this team strong. “

Bernando Silva, Ruben Dias, Kevin De Bruyne
Dias greeted his City teammates | Clive Brunskill / Getty Images

Although Dias is more than adept at playing from the back, the 23-year-old was quick to point out that his main job is defending and that he takes pride in his work.

“The other day someone said to me here in the club, ‘ah, amazing, another blank sheet’, and I just said that the thing that makes me most happy is not even the sheet. white ”, he added. “It’s the other team. not even take a shot on goal. What pleases me the most is that my goalie doesn’t save.

“I am a defender. I am here to defend. The idea these days is that an advocate has to do a lot more. My goal has always been to get better and do more, but I’ve never forgotten that, first of all, I’m a defender.

“If it’s not me, then who else will be proud to stand up for?” It makes me happy to make the other team feel helpless.

Dias enjoys life in Manchester under Guardiola | RUI VIEIRA / Getty Images

Since arriving in the Premier League, Dias’ communication skills on the pitch have been regularly praised, with suggestions that he might be ready to receive the captain’s armband. At just 23, he is said to be one of the youngest captains in the league, although he believes age doesn’t play a role in the decision.

“What I can say about myself is that no matter how old you are, you are a type of person or not, you are the winner or not.” he said. “It’s not a question of age, it’s a question of whether you are ready or not.”

Whether or not he is named club captain one day or not, the Portugal international has had a superb start to his England career and enjoys life in the North West.

“What I know now about this city is the way people breathe football… there is just something else here, something special. Even the grass, “he says.” The environment. It’s different. It goes a little further in Manchester.