John Stones had strong opinions after a tough 3-1 loss to Chelsea at the Etihad for Manchester City on Saturday.
“The scoreline didn’t reflect the way we played,” said Stones. “In my opinion, we should have won 3-1 - but that’s football.”
City had dominated possession for most of the game and kept attacking in Chelsea’s half, but the deadly counter attacks were too much for City to handle. After Chelsea went ahead 2-1, the Sky Blues lost their motivation and didn’t create chances like they did earlier on in the beginning of the second half.
“From how we played, there are positives to take - playing out from the back, creating chances,” added Stones. “There is quite a sour feeling running through everyone’s mind.”
Stones looked comfortable at the back for most of the game, as he was confident on the ball and completed most of his passes, especially when under press from the Chelsea attack. However, he and the rest of the defense couldn’t get back in time from counter-attacks; Diego Costa had a field day as center forward - especially on Nicolas Otamendi - and shredded holes through the defensive trio.
“If we had taken the chances at the start of the second half, it would have been a different story. Chelsea were clinical.”
Couldn’t have said it any better, Stonesy.