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Manchester City: John Stones superb again in Monchengladbach victory

Manchester City eased into the quarter-finals of the Champions League thanks to a 2-0 victory against Borussia Monchengladbach at the Puskas Arena on Tuesday night.

It was always going to be tough for Marco Rose’s side to get back into the tie, having also suffered a 2-0 defeat in the first leg but Pep Guardiola’s side were in complete control for the entire 90 minutes.

Kevin De Bruyne scored a superb opener as his left-footed shot from outside the box flew in off the bar, before Ilkay Gundogan quickly added another as he slid the ball past Yan Sommer following good work from Phil Foden.

Whilst City’s attacking play was a joy to behold at times, their defence deserves a lot of credit for securing yet another clean sheet in the Champions League, with John Stones excellent at the back once again.

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As per SofaScore, the former Everton man would earn an impressive 7.6 rating for his display, with only Riyad Mahrez (7.7) and Kevin De Bruyne (7.9) earning higher.

The centre-back made three tackles and four clearances during the 90 minutes, which far exceeds the one tackle and the 1.8 clearances he has averaged per game in the Champions League this season.

Stones, who is currently valued at £22.5 million by Transfermarkt, was also involved in five duels with Monchengladbach players during the game and wonn every single one of them, which emphasises just how in control he was at the back.

The England international also had 129 touches of the ball on Tuesday night, which was comfortably the most of any player from both sides, with Kyle Walker’s 99 touches the closest to him.

He used the ball extremely well too, as 115/119 of his passes would find a Manchester City shirt, resulting in an incredible 97% pass accuracy, which again is higher than the 93.1% pass accuracy he has averaged so far in the competition.

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Considering Stones lost possession just four times during the game and wasn’t dribbled past once, it is clear that he produced a near-perfect display for Guardiola’s side, and the Spanish manager will surely be delighted with just how confident his team looked at the back once again.

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