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|Club as Player||Man City|
2019 07 04 Retrieve
[Rodri himself explained why City’s recent success attracted him to the club] What City have achieved in the last two years has been amazing. I’m looking forward to being part of such a talented squad. It’s not just the titles they have won, but the way they have managed it, playing attacking football at all times
2020 05 06 Retrieve
[Man City midfielder Rodri salutes Liverpool’s amazing campaign] Sometimes football is like this. Liverpool have been amazing this season in the Premier League. They have focused their entire mentality on the Premier League only and in these situations the only thing you can do is clap. But we’ve had many problems this year. We have had lots of injuries and important players out but it’s not been a bad season for us - we’re second. OK, it’s not where we want to be but sometimes it’s like this and we have to keep going. I think we are proud of the season we’ve done. We already have two titles (Community Shield and Carabao Cup) and we have a chance to get another two including the Champions League.
For me it’s a dream. You never know if you’re going to have the experience of playing in the Premier League for this huge club that is City. I am so, so happy to have made this decision and it’s been an incredible year for me. I’ve learned a lot, I’ve won a title and we’re still alive in other competitions. The environment of the stadiums, you feel that the people here in England breathe football. For me it’s incredible and I’m so happy
2020 05 07 Retrieve
[From Man City midfield to university homework, Rodri is making the most of lockdown] It’s a very difficult situation for everyone, not only in Spain, but around the whole world. We don’t know exactly what’s going on, how many people are infected, nobody knows what’s going to happen next. We all have someone close, a friend or a family member, who has been touched somehow by the coronavirus, so it’s not easy. We try to spend our time in the best way possible. I used the time to do homework from my university degree, as there are exams in a few days’ time. On top of that, obviously, I have been training and keeping fit. I’m sure it’s going to be helpful in the future one way or another. You never know. When I finish my career as a player I’d like to stay in contact with the sports world
To me, Pep Guardiola is the best coach in the world, his success speaks for itself. It helps me a lot that he played in the same position as me. It’s not easy for me as a young player, coming from La Liga, to fit in the Premier League with such competition, [where it’s] so strong physically, with great teams, but it has been an amazing experience this first season. I have learnt a lot and I have enjoyed it because we have won two trophies so far [Community Shield and Carabao Cup] and we are still able to win two more, the FA Cup and the Champions League. I try to learn every day from him. He has helped me a lot, especially tactically. It’s been the first time I played alone as a holding midfielder, so I have to adapt to the new situation. I’m happy because I fit very well with the team and the club. I feel I’m growing every day.
Fernandinho is now playing more often as a centre-back so that he can have a bigger picture of the game. He has helped me a lot from the back, where to find the spaces, etc. What I learnt the most from him is the experience he has. He’s 35-years-old, he has been at the club for seven seasons now, so I listen to him a lot and try to learn a lot from him
2020 06 17 Retrieve
[Rodri says Man City are better than Real Madrid but Champions League progress isn’t guaranteed] I don’t trust any scoreline against Madrid, even though we won 2-1. It is Madrid and they are far from finished. We have a better team and we showed it in the first leg, but there is one step to take. We have to respect our opponents, we have to go for the victory because, if not, we will be in trouble. Eliminating Madrid, who have won three Champions League titles in a row and have been so powerful in recent years in Europe, would give us a lot of morale and confidence to say that it can be done. But there are great teams in Europe, not just Madrid
[Rodri swapped Diego Simeone for Pep Guardiola] Many people think that they are polar opposites and that they have nothing in common, but I see similarities. They are very intense, very hard-working, they make you do your best every day, they take training as if it were competition because it is an opportunity to learn, they love you 100 per cent. From there, each one has his way of understanding football and putting it across. I am lucky because working with both of them has made me a more complete player