The classy MAN. CITY and ENGLAND centre-back chats all about the Prem champions’ awesome season so far…

PERSONAL GOALS!

JOHN SAYS: “Just before Christmas last season I got injured against Leicester, so I want to stay fit all season. I’ve just been trying to improve as a player in general. The more I’m on the training pitch and playing games is an opportunity for me to learn from lots of different situations.”

LAPORTE CONNECTION!

JOHN SAYS: “It wasn’t easy for him to come to the club halfway through last season and he’s still improving his English. But he’s done so well, and we’ve just bounced off each other in whatever we’re speaking on the pitch! Off the pitch we have a laugh too, and it’s always good when someone comes in and you click straight away.”

PEP’S PHILOSOPHY!

JOHN SAYS: “We concentrate before training on the Rondos and Boxes that stem from Spanish football. It’s a simple concept of playing in a tight area with little touches, but everything’s about technique, fast thinking and knowing where to play and how to take your touches. Pep says that if you play bad in the boxes, you’ll play bad on the pitch!”

POSSESSION FOOTY!

JOHN SAYS: “We try to be as good as we an with the ball. We don’t take too many risks in the wrong areas, everyone tries to play quick football and we know that if we have the ball then the other team has to run – and we don’t want to run too much! I’ve always loved that style of play and it’s something I really believe in.”

LETHAL ATTACKERS!

JOHN SAYS: “It’s great to play alongside Sterling and Aguero, and all of the strikers – they’ve got so much flair and ability! I’d like to think we can beat last year’s goal tally. There’s always someone who’s trying to push and exceed what they’ve done in previous seasons, and every record is there to be broken. If we don’t break it, at least we can say that we’ve had a good go!”

STRONG SQUAD!

JOHN SAYS: “Everyone’s got a major role to play this season – the manager’s said that to us. It’s difficult when you’re in every competition and you have games every three days, but we have to be ready whenever we’re called upon – whether that’s off the bench or as a starter. It’s all about being ready to fight for the team, whatever the occasion may be.”

CHAMPO LEAGUE AMBITIONS!

JOHN SAYS: “It’s one of the best, if not the best trophy in the world to get your hands on. As a kid, I remember watching it in my kitchen on a little TV, with the music coming on. It’s a difficult competition, but not in the respect of matches – in seven knockout games you can lift the trophy. I’d love to be able to say ‘We’re the Champions of Europe’, and I’d like to think that this is our year!”

PREMIER LEAGUE DREAMS!

JOHN SAYS: “The Prem’s our priority – we’re all on the same page in the dressing room. I’d love to fight until the end and win it back-to-back – to have that on my CV would be great. It’s been a difficult competition to retain in the last decade, and everyone’s playing so well, but we need to be proud of how we’ve played against the top teams – they’re the games that really matter!”

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