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Joleon Lescott loved what 26-year-old did for Man City in second-half v Brentford

‘He loves it…’ 🗣️

Joleon Lescott praised Ruben Dias for the big block he made for Manchester City in the second-half against Brentford.

City beat the Bees 3-1 at the Gtech Community Stadium, and are now just two points behind Liverpool in the Premier League table.

The tremendous Phil Foden scored a perfect hat-trick, which was his second for the club.

The midfielder continued his fine form playing in a central role, with Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland both assisting him.

Foden will undoubtedly grab the headlines, but there were great performances everywhere for City – and after the game, Lescott praised Dias for one moment in particular…

Joleon Lescott praises Ruben Dias after brilliant block for Manchester City against Brentford

Joleon Lescott loved what 26-year-old did for Man City in second-half v Brentford
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Dias came back into the side against Brentford, after not featuring in the win over Burnley.

The Portugal international probably hasn’t quite been at his imperious best this season, but against Brentford he was pretty solid throughout for the visitors.

And there was one really important block he made in the second-half.

At the hour mark, Brentford came forward with Sergio Reguilon swinging a cross to the back post.

Ivan Toney got underneath it and volleyed in a cross. The ball deflected to find an onrushing Oliver Norgaard, who shot first time, only for Dias to deny him.

The ball might have been saved by Ederson, but Dias was not to know that. He was praised by his teammates and after the game, Lescott praised him for his love of defending.

He said on City’s Matchday Live show: “He loves it! Ever since he’s come we’ve seen him celebrate tackles and blocks. The art of defending is definitely in his blood.

“He would have enjoyed that. Frustrated that they haven’t kept a clean sheet. Overall I think he can be pleased with his performance.”

Dias’ block came when City were 2-1 up. To have been pegged back in that moment would have then made life difficult for City in the final stages of the game.

Dias’ love of defending is amazing

We know that City are very much about playing pretty football, and building from the back and being technical.

But it always pays to have a defender who genuinely just loves the art of defending, and Dias is truly a warrior.

He is always putting his body on the line, and has bailed City out countless times since he arrived at the club.

It must be so inspiring for the other players to see a teammate doing this.

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