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Ruben Dias demands more talk around Manchester City to make inevitable success ‘bigger’ every time



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Manchester City’s Ruben Dias has called for more talk around him and his teammates to make their feeling of inevitable success even ‘bigger’ when it comes around.

The Portugal international has largely been a mainstay in defence for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side since joining the club during the 2021/22 season in a big-money switch from SL Benfica.

Winning a host of major honours including multiple Premier League titles and a maiden UEFA Champions League honour, Dias knows what it takes to win the biggest prizes, but believes that the work must simply continue to keep developing City’s position in the game.

By moving towards more success, talk around the club from rival supporters also continues grow and applies more pressure on players to deliver – a pressure that Manchester City’s vice-captain embraces with aplomb.

As per comments relayed by The National this week, Ruben Dias has embraced the pressures of talk around Manchester City and their need for success, calling for even more talk to make their end-of-season successes even sweeter.

“I don’t really engage with a lot of the talk that goes around during the season because, in the end, football is football and it’s not about how it starts it’s about how it ends,” said Dias.

He continued, “I think one way or another you hear a little bit because it’s impossible not to, especially these days. People love to talk and the more you win, the more successful you are as a team and an individual, the more people want to take you down. We take it.

“Please make noise around us because it will just make it bigger every time we win again. That’s purely how I take it. There has been noise before and people love the scenario of us not making it.”

Manchester City find themselves fighting on three fronts heading deeper into the February fixture schedule, embarking on contests across all three tournaments in the remaining three weeks of the month alone.

Alongside City’s Premier League battles, an FA Cup fifth round tie at Kenilworth Road against Rob Edwards’ impressive Luton Town is on the horizon, as well as a trip to Denmark for the first-leg of the round of 16 tie against FC Copenhagen.

Ruben Dias and Manchester City as a whole have been boosted by the return of their first-team squad to full fitness, with Kevin De Bruyne now starring alongside the likes of Erling Haaland, John Stones, and Jeremy Doku following their respective problems.