16 Apr Stones urges quadruple-chasing Man Town to dream large
The England defender has advised his side that nothing’s hopeless as they pursue a historic accomplishment
John Stones insists his Manchester City team-mates ‘ are fighting an unprecedented quadruple before Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final next leg against Tottenham.
Town reached the FA Cup final with a 1-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion before this month however, the Carabao Cup winners followed that outcome with a defeat at precisely the exact same scoreline at the first leg of the tie against Spurs.
A 3-1 weekend win in Crystal Palace maintained Pep Guardiola’s side firmly in the search for back-to-back Premier League names, since they approach a decisive eight times where Spurs go back into the Etihad Stadium to get a league experience before following Wednesday’s Manchester derby at Old Trafford.
Guardiola has insisted that a clean sweep of major honours is”nearly impossible” however, talking alongside his supervisor at a pre-match press conference, Stones said the possibility was inspirational the City dressing room as the finish line approaches.
“We are still on for its quadruple and that is the fantasy we have got to attempt to attain, and definitely something we are fighting every day,” he explained.
“Personally, I still do not think lots of things are hopeless but that is the mindset of unique individuals, I guess. If you do not dream big you are not likely to get anywhere close to it.
“I think that it comes from inside everybody. We’ve got this dream and ambition to take action.
“Like previous year, 100 points hadn’t been achieved before. We had won the league very early and had that dream to proceed on and struggle 100 points and split records. We go in with this mindset”
Tottenham will be without England captain Harry Kane following the striker’s most up-to-date ankle injury setback, while Dele Alli is a doubt after suffering a broken hand during the leg.
“I believe they have got a strong group and two important players ” Stones explained.
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“[Kane] is a big miss for them. I really don’t believe we could focus a lot of on who is playing and who is not.
“In the previous match we had our game plan and we stuck to this. After reviewing the sport because a team we have found a Great Deal of advantages
“We can not focus on Harry and Dele not enjoying. What we’ve done through the years I have been here’s attention on us and do whatever we can as gamers to find that outcome we desire.”