Manchester City have recently appeared extraordinary, trengginas on the line and have a strong back line. It was all because of Ruben Dias’ presence.
City had a bad start which culminated in a 2-5 defeat to Leicester Citu at the Etihad Stadium last September. After that, Pep Guardiola urged management to bring Ruben Dias from Benfica.
Dias is considered the missing piece of the puzzle from City’s back line, after the death of Vincent Kompany. Last season Aymeric Laporte’s absence due to injury made a mess of City’s season and finally lost the Premier League title.
Dias, which was bought 61 million pounds from Benfica, did not adjust immediately and it took time, before finally becoming a thick wall in front of Ederson Moraes with John Stones.
Yes, Stones, not Laporte who was predicted to be his companion. Now the duo of Dias and Stones has made City go fast with seven consecutive wins in the Premier League and have managed to top the standings.
When the Stones and Dias played together, City kept 11 clean sheets from 12 matches. Crazy 12 games, 11 of which resulted in victories and only one draw.
So Dias’s presence is considered crucial for City’s overall game, like Virgil van Dijk at Liverpool. When Van Dijk had to be out for a long time due to a knee injury at this time, Liverpool’s performance was seriously disrupted.
“I think the presence of Ruben Dias has really changed City, John Stones is performing in his best performance. With the way they play, City have always created a lot of opportunities, now they are more confident in attacking because the back line is very solid,” said former City defender and captain Richard. Dunne, to Sunday World.
“Dias is not your typical Guardiola player. He is solid, good on the ball, but his main job is to defend. I was impressed by his first interview when he said ‘I am a winner, I am a leader’.”
“City don’t need a defender who can play the ball, they need a center-back who can indeed defend and always wants a clean sheet. Yes, it’s similar to Virgil van Dijk’s presence at Liverpool. Once Van Dijk arrived, the team could play very well,” he concluded. Richard Dunne.
(mrp / rin)