Man City is ‘quietly confident’ of reaching the Champions League final, says John Stones – as defender insists previous disappointments have been ‘used as fuel to motivate them’ ahead of PSG semi-final return match
- Manchester City will host PSG in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final
- City tied the score on Tuesday-evening with a 2-1 lead after winning in Paris on April 28
- Pep Guardiola’s squad offers to reach their very first Champions League final
John Stones is convinced that Manchester City are mentally strong enough to make history in the Champions League.
City are one goal ahead of Tuesday’s semi-final against Paris Saint-Germain after last week’s stunning comeback in France.
Stones believes the suffering of past failures has inspired a squad looking for a first final.
John Stones backs him and his Manchester City teammates to get the job done against PSG
City will enter the semi-final of the Champions League on Tuesday-evening with a 2-1 lead
“I think all those things that have happened have made us a stronger team,” he said. ‘We’ve tried to use those emotions of disappointment to motivate us to do better.
The disappointment of being knocked out in difficult circumstances is hard to accept and something that we had to use as fuel to motivate us to take that next step.
‘Our goal is to win this game and this season we have a great opportunity. We have quiet faith in it – we have to be.
‘It’s a great opportunity for us, for the club. We have to go into the game how we stayed in the second half last week, a great result from Paris with two away goals. ‘
Stones has been accused of keeping Neymar and Kylian Mbappé quiet at the Etihad Stadium, although the center-back insisted that Pep Guardiola’s side should attack the game rather than keep their lead.
“We’re going into the game tomorrow to win it,” he added. That’s been our thought for the past five years I’ve been here – be who we play the way we do.
Stones says he and his City teammates have learned from past disappointments in Europe
“I think we have to attack the game like we would any other game to go out and win. We’ve never gotten into a game and thought differently about it.
‘It is a downward spiral when we enter such a game. Play as Man City and as we always play. I don’t even want to think about losing.
If it doesn’t work out, we can keep our heads high, knowing we gave it all. I have a lot of faith in the guys and their ability and desire. I am confident that we can take the next step in our history. ‘