By Amir Mir
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes John Stones has similar playing traits to Everton boss Ronald Koeman.
Former Barcelona midfielder Guardiola played with centre-back Koeman during their time at the Nou Camp.
Dutchman Koeman is regarded as one of the finest ball playing defenders to have graced the field, with his technique, set-piece ability, mind-set and passing seeing him earn many plaudits during his playing career.
Now, his former Barca teammate Guardiola has compared his young English talent Stones to Koeman, as both managers are set to meet on the touch line on Saturday afternoon.
“John is a guy who wants to play under pressure. Normally, the players who like to play the ball handle the pressure better than the other ones.
“Ronald was by far one of the best central defenders I’ve ever met. I cannot compare now, not yet, but maybe in the future.”
Former European cup winner Koeman made 221 appearances for Barcelona scoring an impressive 77 goals from a sweeper position.
By contrast England international Stones made a £47 million move to the Etihad from Goodison Park in the summer, making him the world’s second most expensive defender.
Stones will be gearing up to take on his former teammates at the weekend, when Koeman’s Toffees side travel to Manchester.