Rodri credits Pep Guardiola for turning him into one of the best midfielders in world football

Manchester City’s midfield general Rodri has credited Pep Guardiola for his rise to become one of the best midfielders in world football. The Spanish international has become arguably the treble winner’s most important player over the past two seasons. His importance to Manchester City was evident as the European champions lost all three domestic fixtures he was suspended for after his red card against Nottingham Forest.

Speaking in an interview with El Partidazo De Cope Rodri explained the influence Guardiola has had on his career. He said: “He is the most influential coach of my career. He has elevated me to a level I didn’t know he could reach. When you get used to being with him, I say ‘Why don’t the opposition do this’. I see everything easier. He gives you a toolbox and you have more tools than the rest. I highlight the ability that one has to make better use of spaces by moving less. There are few players he hasn’t taken to the top.”

The former Atletico Madrid midfielder has thrived at the Etihad. After learning and adapting to Pep Guardiola’s demands in his first season at the Etihad Rodri has become arguably the premier midfielder in world football. He was a key player in Manchester City’s treble-winning campaign last season. It was Rodri’s goal that clinched City’s maiden Champions League title against Inter Milan.

As Manchester City return to Premier League action this weekend they will have their midfield general back in the lineup. Rodri will be keen to make amends for his red card against Nottingham Forest. It turned out to be a costly moment of madness from the ever-reliable Rodri. City lost all three games without Rodri available. They will be looking to return to winning ways at home to Brighton this Saturday.

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