MANCHESTER — John Stones praised goalkeeper Ederson Moraes after Manchester City kept another clean sheet in Tuesday’s Champions League win over Shakhtar Donetsk.
Ederson has made an impressive start to life at the Etihad Stadium following his £34.7 million summer move from Benfica and has not conceded a goal in the last 483 minutes of action.
He was called upon to make a couple of important saves against Shakhtar as City claimed a sixth clean sheet in nine games, and Stones told reporters: “It’s credit to him — it’s not easy coming from another country.
“It’s a different culture, different language, and he’s settled. He’s speaking to us on the pitch, and he’s a vocal presence.”
Stones has also been in good form, striking up a strong partnership with Nicolas Otamendi in the absence of injured captain Vincent Kompany.
“I’m trying to work hard at my game in training, enjoy my football — it always helps when we’re winning and scoring goals and keeping clean sheets,” he added.
“From my perspective, and the back four and the keeper, to keep clean sheets has been a big target and we’ve been defensively solid in the Premier League and the Champions League.
“It’s about carrying that on now. It’s a big thing for me, and it’s as satisfying as the boys up the top scoring.”
City are top of Champions League Group F, having won their opening two games in the competition for the first time ever.
“We knew they were a good team,” Stones said. We did our research on Shakhtar and we knew they could play out from the back.
“It’s one of the first teams that’s come to the Etihad and played like that. I thought our high pressing was brilliant and we stopped them getting out, which is credit to the boys up top.
“We knew they were a great side and we showed them a lot of respect.”