MANCHESTER CITY star John Stones revealed two key factors that have helped him change position.
The centre-back has transitioned into a midfielder this season.
Stones, 28, has been key to City’s upturn in form since the World Cup with a positional tweak seeing him drift up the pitch to partner Rodri as a holding midfielder.
Pep Guardiola’s side lifted the Premier League title on Sunday and remain on course for the treble.
After securing a fifth title under Guardiola, Stones said: “It’s surreal, I never thought I’d ever win five Premier Leagues.
“I can’t put into words right now. Every one I’ve won has been special in a certain way, this one’s been so enjoyable with how we played and the different positions, I’ve really enjoyed it.
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“I always find it hard to speak about myself. What I’ve tried to over the past three seasons is get that consistency, that’s always key to find that rhythm.
“It’s about always being ready. That mindset of always being available.”
Stones is loving his new role and he revealed two key things that Guardiola told him to help him thrive.
He explained: “I think it’s such a unique position that you have to be spatially aware, I’ve had to learn and adapt in terms of knowing when I can take the ball.
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“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it, it’s given me a new outlook of positioning.
“Body shape and timing is so specific in that midfield role. The manager has simplified it for me, it’s about me trying to implement what he’s taught me.”
Stones will be hoping the Prem is just the first of his triumphs this year, with Man City to face Manchester United in the FA Cup final before the Champions League showpiece against Inter Milan.
On the thought of winning all three, he said: “The next goal is to keep everyone fit going into the FA Cup final, which is such a special cup for me personally against our rivals as well and then we can fully focus on the Champions League final.”
Source: Soccer - thesun.co.uk