Former Manchester City defender Micah Richards has praised John Stones for working his way back into the first team at the Etihad Stadium. Manchester City centre back John Stones has been in excellent form for his team in the past two months as the Citizens continue to recover from an average start to the season.

The form of John Stones has not gone unnoticed with Micah Richards who recently did an exclusive interview with the player for the Daily Mail. Micah Richards had high praise for John Stones while he was doing his work as a pundit for Sky Sports during the Manchester Derby clash between hosts Manchester United and Manchester City in the Carabao Cup semi-finals last night.

Manchester City and Manchester United met in the second semi-final of the Carabao Cup and Micah Richards was impressed with the quality shown by John Stones during the game as he was able to nullify the Manchester United attack alongside his centre back partner Ruben Dias. According to Micah Richards, John Stones showed willingness and character to win his place back in the Manchester City defence ahead of Frenchman AymericLaporte.

The rejuvenated John Stones gave Manchester City the lead at Old Trafford on Wednesday night before experienced Brazilian player and club skipper Fernandinho added a second goal for the away team seven minutes from time to take his team into the Carabao Cup final.

Manchester City are bidding to win the Carabao Cup for the fourth time in a row. The Citizens have won it in the last three seasons and North Londoners Tottenham Hotspur stand in their way as far as a fourth consecutive Carabao Cup title is concerned. Spurs beat English Championship team Brentford 2-0 at home in the first semi-final to secure their place in the final clash billed for the magnificent Wembley Stadium in three months’ time.