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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola heaped praise on defender John Stones in an unorthodox fashion, claiming the young England centre-back has “more balls” than the entirety of the gathered press.

Guardiola was partly defending Stones, who received criticism for mistakes made in recent weeks, which the Catalan tactician was having none of whatsoever.

“John Stones has more personality than all of us here together in this room. More balls than everyone here,” Guardiola told reporters at the Etihad Stadium following his side’s 1-1 draw against Liverpool on Sunday.

“I love him. Under pressure, the people criticise him, so I am delighted to have John, with all the huge amount of mistakes he has.”

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