Four duels won, five ball recoveries: John Stones solid on Manchester City debut

Manchester City's John Stones

The defender was handed a start by Pep Guardiola against Sunderland.

Manchester City's John StonesManchester City's John Stones

Manchester City defender John Stones was solid in his debut as his side beat Sunderland this weekend.

The defender completed a big money move the Etihad earlier this week as they made him the second most expensive defender ever to secure him from Everton.

Manchester City manager Pep GuardiolaManchester City manager Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola immediately showed his faith in the England international too, throwing him straight into his first team for the clash with Sunderland on Saturday.

He was not let down either, with Stones posting solid stats on his Manchester City debut.

As shown by the stats provided by Opta, he posted decent numbers in several defensive areas.

  MatchPassing AccuracyInterception WonDuel WonAerial WonPoss Won Def 3rdBall RecoveryEffective ClearanceAccurate PassMins Played
John Stones Man City vs Sunderland 91% 1 4 2 3 5 4 68 90

He posted 84 touches in total, with just one of those proving to be unsuccessful throughout. He also managed to win one interception, four defensive duels and two aerial duels.

Winning the ball back was a particular strength for him, as he won it back three times in the defensive third and posted five ball recoveries.

Manchester City's John Stones in action with Sunderland's Lynden GoochManchester City's John Stones in action with Sunderland's Lynden Gooch

In terms of clearances he managed four effective clearances and four effective clearances.

His passing was also at it’s usual best as he managed 68 accurate passes and enjoyed an overall pass success of 91% to cap off a solid start to life under Pep Guardiola.

Manchester City's John Stones and Raheem Sterling celebrate at the end of the matchManchester City's John Stones and Raheem Sterling celebrate at the end of the match

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