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Man City boss Guardiola: Dias just like Kompany

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola feels Ruben Dias has filled the void left by former captain Vincent Kompany.

Kompany takes his Burnley to the Etihad today for their FA Cup quarterfinal.

“He is the type of player similar to Vinny, where it is not about how he plays himself," said Guardiola of Dias. "Ruben is not just playing his game, he is playing the game for everyone. He has the ability to see and solve problems for many, many things. His character is so important.

“When you talk about tactics, he is incredible, his leadership is huge - especially even when he doesn't play. You should see the impact he makes before the game, at half time, and after the game, and when he doesn't play, game by game by game.

"He behaves the same when he doesn't play, and that makes you deserve to be captain or deserve to be chosen as captain. His character and leadership are really, really important.

“He never complains, has the same methodology and work ethic when playing and training, always arriving two hours before and leaving two hours after, nothing changes. He lives 24 hours for his profession.

“In moments, maybe my mistake or not, when I decide to need something specific, a movement or something that the opposition has, there are players which are maybe a little bit better, there is a tactical aspect, but he should play every single game. His mentality is top of the top, and that's why he can play as a central defender in a top, top club like Manchester City."

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