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John Stones: “I do think with all those things that have happened has made us a stronger team,”

England star knows disappointment in past can help future.

Paris Saint-Germain v Manchester City - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: Leg One Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images

John Stones is back to being in good forma nd the match v PSG proved that. He and Ruben Dias shut down Paris attack and now will need to do it again in the second leg.

Speaking prior to the match, John touched on City’s mentality, previous losses and more.

“It’s a big occasion for us as players and the club. A chance to get to the final of the Champions League,”

“To be in the situation we are now, you just don’t want to let it go.

“We are trying to grab every opportunity to succeed and we want to grab it. We need to show our character and be the Manchester City everyone knows. We want to make history for this club.

“I do think with all those things that have happened has made us a stronger team,” he said at his pre-match press conference.

“The disappointment of getting knocked out in harsh circumstances, it’s hard to take and it’s something we’ve had to use season this season as fuel to go and motivate us, push forward and make that next step from the previous season - and try and get our goal which is to win the Champions League.

“This season we have a great opportunity to get to the final. We need to use those emotions of disappointment or whatever it may be to motivate us to do better.”

“We go into the game tomorrow to win it. That’s our mindset over the past five years I’ve been here. Be who we are, playing the way we do.

“If it doesn’t work out, we can hold our heads high and know we’ve been ourselves and shown our identity.

“But I am very confident in the lads and their ability, desire, belief in what we know we can do. I am confident we can go through and make the next step and make history for this club.

“We have to go into the game how we left off in the second half in Paris. It was a great result for us coming away from Paris with two away goals.

“It was a huge victory and the resilience, belief and character we showed in Paris is something you can’t always put your finger on why it happened. It came from the players as a collective.

“We have a lot of confidence tomorrow and hopefully we can get the job done and make it to the final.”

Stonesy is sound of mind, hopefully that rubs off on the rest. City have possibly the biggest game in recent memory tomorrow.