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Stones hails Guardiola's impact after return to form for Man City

Stones hails Guardiola's impact after return to form for Man City

Undated, Oct 4 (Reuters) Manchester City defender John Stones has praised manager Pep Guardiola for making him a "better player and person" during their first year together at the Etihad Stadium. Stones struggled to deliver under weight of expectations when he joined City from Everton last season, then as the world's second most expensive defender behind Chelsea's David Luiz. However, Guardiola's constant support and work behind the scenes with the 23-year-old is finally paying dividends as Stones helped City claim six clean sheets over the last seven games in all competitions. "He's (Guardiola) always positive and wanting me to do better and that's what I try to repay him on the pitch," Stones told reporters. "The games this season speak for themselves: clean sheets both in the Champions League and Premier League. I feel like I'm developing as a player and a person under him. "That's all down to the players around me, him and the staff that are there. All I want to do is keep this run going and see where it takes us." Premier League leaders City have scored 22 goals and conceded just twice in their opening seven league games as players appear to be responding to the demands of the Spanish coach's attacking philosophy. Stones believes his England team mates have what it takes to play a similar style but said that results take priority on the international stage. "We've got the players to do it," Stones said. "It's so different -- but we're always striving to become better and there's a lot of likeness between how City play and international football. But to gel all those things is very difficult." England will qualify for next year's World Cup in Russia if they win at home to Slovenia on Thursday, while a draw will also do the trick if Slovakia fail to beat Scotland away in the other Group F qualifier. REUTERS KU 1518

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Mercedes Trophy 2018: Sunil, Dinesh clinch final Qualification spots from Chandigarh Leg

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23 Feb 2018 | 5:19 PM

Chandigarh/Panchkula, Feb 23 (UNI) City Golfers Sunil Sharma - Handicap Category A (0-15) and Dinesh Gogna - Handicap Category B (16-24) qualified for the National Finals of Mercedes Trophy 2018 on third day of the Chandigarh leg qualifier, held at the Panchkula Golf Course here on Friday.

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India U-16 boys “much confident lot” after their Qatar sojourn: Fernandes

India U-16 boys “much confident lot” after their Qatar sojourn: Fernandes

23 Feb 2018 | 5:15 PM

New Delhi, Feb 23 (UNI) With the India U-16 boys currently preparing for their next
international exposure as part of their preparation for the forthcoming AFC U-16 Finals
in September 2018, Indian U-16 National Team Head Coach Bibiano Fernandes feels
the boys are a “much confident lot” after their Qatar sojourn.

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Rani to lead 20-member Indian squad in South Korea tour

Rani to lead 20-member Indian squad in South Korea tour

23 Feb 2018 | 5:05 PM

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3rd T20I: India, South Africa aiming for win in final showdown

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23 Feb 2018 | 5:02 PM

Capetown, Feb 23 (UNI) After scripting history by winning any maiden series in the South African soil, the men in blue-led by Virat Kohli will be eyeing to end their eight week long tour with a win on Satuirday, when they face the Proteas in the third and final T20I at Newlands Cricket Ground here on Saturday.

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Van Hoof left shocked after British Gymnastics axe

23 Feb 2018 | 4:34 PM

LONDON, Feb 23 (Reuters) British Gymnastics' sacked head national coach Eddie van Hoof said he was left shocked and dismayed after being dismissed by the organisation on Thursday.

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