Man City defender Stones on De Bruyne: He settled chess game against Chelsea

Manchester City defender John Stones hailed winner Kevin de Bruyne’s performance after his win over Chelsea.

De Bruyne made the difference in a tense game as he collected the ball 20 minutes from time and escaped a desperate tackle from N’Golo Kante before folding an excellent shot into the bottom corner.

Stones was full of praise for the brilliant Belgian as well as the team’s defence: “We’ve been working all week on our form and how we move as a defender. We know the threat they have with Lukaku and the other players running behind.

“We worked on that and in these games I think a lot of it comes down to your focus and being in the right areas on the ball at every opportunity.

“It’s the nice margins in this game when you have such a punch against you.

“It’s a game of chess sometimes and at Stamford Bridge when we played them earlier this season it was similar. We had to keep walking away, not be too discouraged if things weren’t going well in our meaning, keep probing and moving the ball quickly like we did today.

“And when Kevin goes to put one on us, it makes things so much better.

“He’s popped up with so many great goals and that’s the ability Kev has. It’s amazing to play with him and have him in our team and it’s great for him to be on the scoresheet as well. .”

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