Man City ‘quietly confident’ of winning title, says Stones

John Stones thinks his Man City teammates are ‘quietly confident’ of winning the Premier League title this season.

Pep Guardiola’s men have won their last five league matches to put them back in the top two.

They sit in second behind rivals Man Utd with a game in hand.

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Their most recent match was a 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace, during which Stones bagged two goals.

The Englishman is enjoying an apparent renaissance in the City first team.

When asked about the team’s mood towards winning the title, Stones said: “I think quietly confident – but no-one really gets ahead of themselves, no-one looks too far, which is a great quality to have.

“In previous seasons where we have won the league we have never looked further than the next game and that’s all we can affect and all we can prepare for.

“We keep that mentality and hopefully we can keep on this winning run.”

City will be expecting to continue their form in the next few matches. They play Aston Villa and then West Brom in the Prem.

Next month, they will face Liverpool and Tottenham in consecutive matches which could decide the title race.

Individually, Stones is enjoying a great season at the Etihad. He’s scored three goals this month and is forming a great partnership with new centre back Ruben Dias.

When asked about his recent form, Stones said: “I’ve been wanting to add goals to my game.

“I’ve put a lot of pressure on myself, maybe in the wrong way sometimes, to get on the scoresheet but I’ve kept chipping away and kept chipping away in training, trying to improve and being in the right areas.

“It’s a collection of things that have got to come together and I’m really pleased, it’s a weight off my shoulders, my first ‘two’ for City.”

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