Pep Guardiola has said his players will be more interested in winning trophies than personal honours.
Guardiola is also highly likely to win the Manager of the Year with his side already 16 points clear at the top of the table, but the City boss says he is more concerned with winning silverware.
“It’s not my business. It is a global game. The same is going to happen with the manager of the year. Who wins? Does it mean you are the best manager?” Guardiola said at his news conference.
“The sport is collective and if Kevin played good and Salah played good it is because behind there is a manager and staff and teams to help.
“They show their levels and that is important. It is for the media but at the end it is important to win titles as a group.”
Stones played in a back-three for that game alongside City teammate Kyle Walker and Guardiola was impressed with how the former Tottenham defender performed, switching from right-back, and said it gives him another option.
“He has the conditions to play there, I think it was a good decision by Gareth Southgate,” Guardiola added.
“He can play in both positions. So it’s not a central defender, but three in the back, you have a little bit more protection in the middle. And he has the physicality, he’s fast in front.
“He’s intelligent, good at passing short and long, can go fast forwards and backwards, so, back, he can play there.”
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