TalkSPORT host and Manchester United fan Andy Goldstein was so impressed with Manchester City defender Ruben Dias in the Champions League semi-finals that he said the Portuguese is better than Virgil van Dijk.
Ruben Dias produced a phenomenal display in Manchester City’s Champions League triumph over PSG, The opening stages saw that script play out.
Neymar, Angel Di Maria and Mauro Icardi were all camped in and around the City penalty area, but Mauricio Pochettino’s side grew increasingly frustrated by the Dias-led back-line.
According to ESPN, the former Benfica man completed 100% of his tackles, maintained 90% passing accuracy, completed three clearances and made three blocks.
The Portuguese was an absolute rock at the back. He was the difference between a team that reaches the Champions League final and one that crumbles.
And Andy Goldstein believes he’s better than Liverpool hero Virgil van Dijk.
“I thought they were absolutely brilliant. As bad as PSG were, you could argue that Man City made them look bad, City were fantastic,” Goldstein said on the Sports Bar.
“Ruben Dias, my goodness what a defender he is. Is he the best defender in the Premier League?
“I think he is. I think he’s better than Virgil van Dijk. I think he’s fantastic.”
He added: “This Ruben Dias is a rock. He will die for the badge.”
At the age of 23, Dias has already restored the order, solidity and consistency that was lost alongside Kompany. He is in line to clinch the club’s Player of the Season award as they march towards a Premier League trophy and possibly a first Champions League triumph