John Stones: Pep Guardiola broadside is driving team to recent revival

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    John Stones said manager Pep Guardiola was right to blast Manchester City players (Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire)

    John Stones admits manager Pep Guardiola had a point when he rounded on Manchester City’s players last week.

    City boss Guardiola claimed his squad were lacking hunger and fire after they needed to fight back from 2-0 down to beat Tottenham 4-2 last Thursday.

    The broadside underlined Guardiola’s frustration following a derby defeat to Manchester United and a meek Carabao Cup exit at Southampton.

    City’s response was to brush Wolves aside 3-0 on Sunday, with Erling Haaland scoring his fourth hat-trick of the season.

    On Guardiola’s words before the revival against Spurs, Stones said: ‘At half-time the other day he told us what he wanted, what he wasn’t happy with.

    ‘We were not playing well and we had to correct that. We have got to learn from these things and it happens in football.

    ‘We had to move forward quickly and it was a great day to put things right. We needed to start well, play our football, be free, be patient, not get frustrated with things and the chances would come – and they definitely did.’

    Haaland’s performance was a strong riposte to claims his arrival had affected City’s style of play. Stones said: ‘I’m so pleased for him. I love Erling as a person and he’s an incredible football player.

    ‘He’s been so good for us so far and I don’t think that’s the last of it either. He’s got plenty more to come. He’s hungry, he’s ready to play, to fight and score.’

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