"That is how you become an incredible defender!" - Pep Guardiola opens up on the impact of Ruben Dias on Man City squad

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has spoken to BT Sport about what's changed in his side play to spur them on to 21 consecutive victories in all competitions.
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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has spoken to BT Sport about what's changed in his sides play to spur them on to 21 consecutive victories in all competitions.

When asked about what he did to revert his side back to winning ways, the Catalan boss said; "I went to my staff and friends and said I don't like the team or the way we are playing - the results don't matter, I just done like. We have to go back to our principles."

He continued; "With Delph and Zinchenko we did it, putting a fullback in the midfield. We do it to surprise opponents, putting players in positions where they can pass forward. Of course, Joao Cancelo can do it, and he is very skilful.”

(Photo by PA Images/Sipa USA)

(Photo by PA Images/Sipa USA)

Clearly in awe of the attacking prowess of the Portuguese full-back, Guardiola moved on to exclaim his admiration for Joao's fellow countryman, Ruben Dias; "Opponents will always score, because they are good, but we don't give them easy chances to score goals - that is the big improvement of Ruben Dias."

"He's a central defender who leads the line and leads the team. His performance and decision making are good, but he also helps other players make good decisions - that is how you become an incredible defender."

"There are incredible players who just think about themselves and not their teammates, but Ruben cares for the business of his players, and not just the back four - but the holding midfielders too."

He finished by proclaiming; "During the ninety minutes he makes all of his decisions like they're his last. He makes his partners better, and that is so difficult to find in world football."

Dias has evidently been a fundamental piece In Guardiola's puzzle since joining in the summer. The Portuguese defender has since enjoyed 13 clean sheets in the Premier League, scoring his first goal for the club against West Ham at the weekend.

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