Rúben Dias is enjoying a fine start to life at Manchester City following his close-season move from Benfica, with City currently the tightest defence in the Premier League.

City have conceded 12 goals in their 13 matches so far in the league this season, and with just one goal against during their last five games, Pep Guardiola’s men are looking an increasingly solid outfit as Dias partners John Stones at the heart of the defence.

“Rúben has helped us a lot to be solid, and he has settled perfect with John,” Guardiola said earlier this week. “It’s incredible - that is how we are still there knocking on the door of teams above us. We need it to be stable and maybe one day players will be fresh to score the goals.

“Rúben doesn’t make a single mistake and he is always focused. He is able to lead the line, the same with John. Our club bought an exceptional defender - especially for the personality.”

Dias’ impact is such that Guardiola was even asked to compare the Portuguese to legendary former captain Vincent Kompany, who won ten major trophies during an 11-year spell at the club.

“No, it takes time and Vincent is irreplaceable,” Guardiola replied. “He had ten years here and Vincent when I met him was 30, 31 - Rúben is 23. But what is important when you buy a player is that you have a feeling they will be settled for the next years.

“And we are pretty sure Rúben will give us big moments.”

By Sean Gillen

@SeanGillen9

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Him leaving left a profound hole within Benfica's defense. I feel for the fans. We just cannot keep our good players around for very long. How good would the Big Three be these days? I just read an article about how Freddy Adu claims to have been...

Him leaving left a profound hole within Benfica's defense. I feel for the fans. We just cannot keep our good players around for very long. How good would the Big Three be these days? I just read an article about how Freddy Adu claims to have been better than Di Maria. Is this true? I don't remember him playing much for Benfica. Believe it or not but he's still young, just thirty one. As an American, I recall the hype around him during my senior year of high school, kind of knew he would be a bust. He just had too much pressure on him. It's nice to see Ricardo score a goal even if it wasn't one of his more spectacular finishes. He too fell victim to too much pressure at too early of an age. It's quite amazing when you think of Ronaldo in that respect.

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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Fredy Adu? BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHH!@!!!! Oh man I got tears in my eyes.

He was awful, lazy, slow, no vision, no passion. He would play well in flashes then look like a tired old man. He had very good technical skills but he was...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Fredy Adu? BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHH!@!!!! Oh man I got tears in my eyes.

He was awful, lazy, slow, no vision, no passion. He would play well in flashes then look like a tired old man. He had very good technical skills but he was the most un-athletic professional footballer I have ever seen, WORSE than Peter Crouch (human stick bug), Tom Huddelstone (speed of the tortoise) or Andrea Petagna (Built like a rhino, shoots like a blind archer).

Anyhow, Angel Di Maria was/is a world class talent with the potential for outlandish goals and winning games by himself. They didn't play on the same planet, except in Fredy Adu's tiny brain and maybe the moron media in the US where Alexi Lalas is an "expert" ROFL!! Honestly, him saying that is exactly the problem. Delusional lazy prick Adu.

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Danny, for once we seem to be in agreement. The big 3, with Benfica and Porto specifically selling skin to the first John that bats an eyelash at one of their players.

This has been a huge gripe of mine as a Porto fan for many years. Freddy Adu...

Danny, for once we seem to be in agreement. The big 3, with Benfica and Porto specifically selling skin to the first John that bats an eyelash at one of their players.

This has been a huge gripe of mine as a Porto fan for many years. Freddy Adu did less than nothing at Benfica. He wasn't good enough to be on the bench. I see you don't seem to have caught many Liga Nos games over the years, so I wonder why you seem to think less of the Portuguese teams/league.

Seeing Lyon, Monaco, Porto Ajax and other so called smaller teams make it far in the CL in recent years only bodes well for the competition.

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Chris, you should be happy with Porto's win tonight. Why all the hostility?

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What hostility Daniel? I thought we were friends now? Why would I be happy with Porto's win over a team who's job it is to lose, like Benfica? Not much of an accomplishment is it?

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Danny, I respect Vals opinion, but I don't think he is telling the full story. I'm assuming this is the article you are reffering to(?): https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/13560357/freddy-adu-di-maria-regret/

Adu was during the Quique...

Danny, I respect Vals opinion, but I don't think he is telling the full story. I'm assuming this is the article you are reffering to(?): https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/13560357/freddy-adu-di-maria-regret/

Adu was during the Quique Flores days.. He was a good impact sub, but when Jorge Jesus took over, it changed everything IMO. Adu is correct that he had different coaches, but it was himself that didn't want to stick around and train. I could've sworn there were newspapers at the time in Portugal that said he didn't want to be at Belenenses, which could be what Adu is confirming that he didn't want to be there. What a flop

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Thanks John, I'm sure Chris wasn't talking of you directly. He has a strange way of picking metaphors.

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Daniel, not sure if you picked up on this, but John never mentioned me. It's nice that you're thinking of me though. Thank you.

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I got you. You've been got. Haha

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I guess Ruben Dias doesn't qualify as a small person from a small country eh Pep?....

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