John Stones has explained why he received a telling off from Pep Guardiola during Manchester City’s 5-1 victory over Atalanta on Tuesday night.
Raheem Sterling struck three times in 11 minutes after Sergio Aguero had earlier netted twice to cancel out Ruslan Malinovskyi’s penalty opener at the Etihad Stadium.
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The result took City five points clear at the top of Group C and within touching distance of the last 16 with three games still to play.
Guardiola called for Stones to come on just before the interval when Rodri went down with a hamstring injury.
However, the England international still needed to adjust his shin pads before climbing off the bench which seemed to incense Guardiola, who slammed a seat in his rage.
Stones told BT Sport: “I had them on but I just needed to fix them up properly. Time is of the essence and that’s what he wanted.”
Despite that, it was a good night for Guardiola, who feels City now have one foot in the knockout stages after another important victory.
“It was a really tough game against a really tough opponent. It was an incredible effort because they have a lot of quality,” Guardiola said.
“That is why I am so satisfied with the result. Three more points in the next game and we will be in the next stage.”