The power of Manchester Metropolis gamers to modify between formations and roles has been essential for the membership this season as they enter the house stretch of the marketing campaign, defender John Stones mentioned.
Stones has performed at centre again for many of his profession however Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola has deployed him as each a proper again and defensive midfielder in latest weeks.
He was again in additional acquainted territory within the coronary heart of Metropolis's defence for his or her 4-1 win over title rivals Arsenal on Wednesday, with Guardiola tweaking the system with the London aspect in thoughts.
"We knew how they have been going to play, and we labored on totally different situations in coaching," Stones mentioned.
"We and the supervisor thought this was one of the simplest ways to beat them (Stones enjoying as a central defender) and it positively labored. It exhibits we are able to adapt and alter in just a few days in our roles and duties."
An absence of adaptability has left some gamers out within the chilly at instances. Kyle Walker was solely in a position to return to the aspect at proper again on Wednesday due to a change of system.
The England worldwide had been on the bench in latest matches, with Guardiola saying it was as a result of he couldn’t play an inverted wing again position.
Metropolis at the moment are simply two factors behind leaders Arsenal however have performed two video games much less. They may go high on Sunday with a victory at Fulham.
"We've bought a busy schedule," Stones mentioned. "We are able to't get forward of ourselves. We focus on what we are able to do and what we are able to have an effect on, and we take it from there."