Stones hails City hunger

07 January 2021 19:03:36 GMTPlus10

John Stones praised the Manchester City squad's "winning mentality" after booking their place in the EFL Cup final with Wednesday's 2-0 win over Manchester United.

Everyone's so hungry to win trophies.

John Stones

The defender produced another fine performance alongside Ruben Dias at the heart of the back four as City seek to win the competition for the fourth straight season and they will now face Tottenham on April 25th in the final.

Stones opened the scoring on 50 minutes when he nudged home a Phil Foden free-kick before Fernandinho's drilled volley sealed a Wembley slot with seven minutes left on the clock.

The 26-year-old has struggled for consistency in recent years and Wednesday's effort was his first goal since scoring twice for England against Panama at World Cup 2018.

A Three Lions recall is likely to be in the offing if the Yorkshireman can continue his form but before that, he has trophies on his mind.

Wednesday's victory was City's fifth in a row in all competitions and Stones says the whole squad is desperate to win more silverware this season.

He told the club website: "I think everyone's so hungry to win trophies and, no matter what game it is and who we are up against, the winning mentality of the lads is something so special.

"(It's) something that's very rare in football maybe, for a team to be… challenging for so many years.

"And it's something that we pride ourselves on and something we'll continue doing."

Pep Guardiola's men are 1/4 to win the EFL Cup 2020/21 and match Liverpool's record of four victories in a row, with Spurs 11/4 to lift their first trophy since 2008.

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