|Org||xxxx National Team|
|Club as Player||Manchester City|
2020 05 06 Retrieve
[Stones wants guarantees for football’s return amid coronavirus] We all want football back, me more than anyone, but I want it to be at the right time and I want it to be safe for everyone. For me as a player, you want to be playing in stadiums full of fans and the fans want to come to the game. If they can’t get to it, they’ll watch it on TV, but that’s the love and passion everyone knows and loves.
[Stones said players needed to be prepared and he is targeting trophies – when it is safe to do so] For us as players, we want to be back out there fighting for titles and winning trophies for everyone to try and watch, be there at the games. As soon as that’s safe to happen in my opinion we need to be ready
2020 05 06b Retrieve
[What do footballers think of playing games behind closed doors?] We all want football back, me more than anyone, but I want it to be at the right time and I want it to be safe for everyone. For me as a player, you want to be playing in stadiums full of fans and the fans want to come to the game. If they can’t get to it, they’ll watch it on TV, but that’s the love and passion everyone knows and loves
2020 05 21 Retrieve
[John Stones laughs off ‘sniper’ jibes & remains unfazed by criticism of Man City form] Literally everyone is different, so some might take it to heart, it might affect some more than others. I’ve got to try and turn it into a positive and let that negative press or whatever it might be motivate me to come back better and stronger. Take for instance the Carabao Cup final. The ball’s gone up in the air and I’m backtracking, but as I’m looking up in the air, all I could see - and you’ll know when you kick the ball up in the air and it’s just blue sky - it’s coming down and you don’t know where it’s going to land. I just got disorientated. The next minute I’m on the floor and thinking ‘oh, no, just get up, get back into it.’ But it could have gone two ways, I could have crumbled and not done anything and let it affect me. But then I thought my character and performance after that was something I should be proud of. How I reacted and helped the team, especially in the last 10 minutes
You’ve got to come through those situations to know what to do. Those things go unrecognised but not to your team-mates. Everyone saw the mistake, which happens. Everyone was saying I got snipered after!
2020 07 09 Retrieve
[John Stones says Manchester City remain best team] For me personally, coming into the game was exciting and challenging. Even though the Premier League has been won we are still fighting for trophies. We are quietly confident we are (still the best). We know our ability and the standard we have set for ourselves in the dressing room. Playing at this high standard every three or four days is something to be very proud of. That’s what we keep striving to do. We want to finish this season off and take it into next season, keeping our standards and trying to better ourselves - defensively and taking our chances
I picked up an injury really early after we came back and that kept me out for over a month. That was frustrating after the lockdown period when I’d worked so hard, kept myself fit and felt like I was in the best condition I’ve been in. So it feels great to be back. I feel fit and healthy, ready to fight for the Champions League and every competition we are in. They are exciting times
2020 07 15 Retrieve
[John Stones admits he’s had a ‘frustrating’ time at Man City lately] I’m really frustrated with conceding that goal at the end. It’s just an accumulation of things that happened in the game. Towards the end I felt we got a bit sloppy in our possession, and it’s led to them scoring. It’s probably a bit raw right now, obviously we’ve won, and it’s good to get another win on the bounce. But from a personal point of view I’m frustrated we’ve conceded. We defended so well through the game, and they made it really difficult for us today.
[Asked about his season] Really frustrating from a personal perspective. Injury re-occurrence, then little things like getting injured a few days in after lockdown. It’s been frustrating. I’ve tried to stay positive, and be ready when I’m called upon, and I feel I have been. Coming back after lockdown, getting fit again, and then coming back in and playing against some tough opponents. So I feel fit, feel ready to fight for the FA Cup at the weekend, and then the Champions League. I feel I’m on the right track. It’s good to be getting that consistency of playing and keeping my fitness