Fans React To Ruben Dias Display As He Proves He's Premier League’s Best Centre-Back
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Fans are reacting to Ruben Dias's performance in Manchester City's 3-1 demolition of Chelsea by saying he's now the Premier League's top centre-back.
The Portugal international, signed from Benfica for over £60 million in September, has quickly found his feet in City's improving backline.
And - with Virgil van Dijk injured - many are saying he's the best defender currently active in England's top flight.
"Ruben Dias has fully transformed Manchester City's defence, the media won't give him the praise he deserves but he's been unbelievable since joining," said one football fan on Twitter.
"Ruben Dias is playing at the back, City just have to score a goal per match to win the league," joked another.
Ruben Dias is the best cb in the league obviously with vvd being out injured agree ?- luke (@luke66lfc) January 3, 2021
Ruben Dias has fully transformed Manchester City's defence, the media won't give him the praise he deserves but he's been unbelievable since joining.- TC. (@totalcristiano) January 3, 2021
Ruben Dias is playing at the back, City just have to score a goal per match to win the league.- Rafael Hernández (@RafaelH117) January 3, 2021
Rúben Dias ability and leadership is so advanced for his age. People forget he's only 1 year older than Mbappe. He's gonna be a beast in his prime- :zap::flag_bw: (@Priceless_Silva) January 3, 2021
My friends Me trying to- Marathonbet (@marathonbet) December 27, 2020
watching City explain that
trying to enjoy Ruben Dias is
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the season pic.twitter.com/upAEsPLt7L
The 23-year-old has certainly looked assured and comfortable in his first season playing outside of the Portuguese league. All the more impressive as it often takes defenders time to adapt to the challenges of the Premier League.
However he's instantly helped shore up City's defence since he came into the side for a 1-1 draw against Leeds.
Pep Guardiola's team had been known for leaking goals last season but this term they have the Premier League's best defensive record: just 13 goals conceded in 15 matches.
Against Chelsea, Dias was the defender with the most clearances (six), blocks (four) and recoveries (three).
He also kept Timo Werner, the German international forward who is struggling to adapt to England's top flight, very quiet.
"It's time you all accept Ruben Dias is a top-three CB in the world," said one fan on Twitter. "You can't name three CBs better than him on current form and impact."
John Stones and Ruben Dias' 1st goal conceded in 623 minutes while together on the pitch! pic.twitter.com/dn1NgHv7WR- City Chief (@City_Chief) January 3, 2021
It's time you all accept Rúben Dias is a top 3 CB in the world. You can't name three CBs better than him on current form and impact- :zap::flag_bw: (@Priceless_Silva) January 3, 2021
Vincent Kompany watching Ruben Dias on television: pic.twitter.com/4FGjA6rO58- SToKED 4L :registered::tm: :crown: (@AlexanderKing4L) January 3, 2021
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