Stones hails City’s defensive quality

John Stones says Manchester City’s clean sheet record has been key to their fine start to the season.

Pep Guardiola’s side are unbeaten in their 13 matches so far, with the 3-0 win over Burnley on Saturday equalling the Club record of 11 straight wins and moving the Blues five points clear at the top of the Premier League table.
City’s attacking play has garnered the majority of the headlines this season – they have scored a remarkable 42 goals already – but Stones believes the eight clean sheets have been hugely significant, too.
“For me, [the clean sheets] have been massive this season, creating that platform for the boys to go and score,” he said.
“Not just me, it’s the whole team that are getting the clean sheets. The more we keep, the more chance we’ve got of winning games.
“It’s a combination of everything, really. The hard work on the training pitch, the players – everything is coming together and the desire to keep winning and keep keeping clean sheets, that confidence to take it into each game, is massive.
“The longer we keep doing that and keep striving for these things, it will keep coming each week and each game

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