Pep Guardiola’s side’s last defeat in all competitions heading into the match was their 1-0 loss to Tottenham on the opening day of the Premier League season.
Idrissa Gueye and Lionel Messi scored the goals for PSG to succumb City to defeat, whilst the Blues missed multiple chances to level the scores – including Bernardo Silva hitting the woodwork from point-blank range.
Despite the loss, there were some positives for City to take from the game. One of them was the performance of Spanish international midfielder Rodri.
The midfield enforcer was superb for City throughout the game and was their shining light in an otherwise dim display in Paris. He was able to impose himself on the French outfit and show off his quality, which is a promising sign heading into the rest of the campaign.
Per SofaScore, Rodri made an impressive six tackles during the 90 minutes. He also won eight of his 12 duels, including seven of his 11 on the ground and his only aerial contest. This shows how he was able to break up the play and keep City on the front foot in the match, albeit he was ultimately let down by his teammates failing to make the most of their possessions in the final third.
The City beast was also only dribbled past once in the entire match. This means that he was able to hold his ground in the middle of the park and regularly win the ball back, without being exposed by PSG’s midfielders by allowing them to run past him and head towards Ruben Dias and Aymeric Laporte unopposed on a regular basis.
On the ball, he also caught the eye. Per SofaScore, Rodri completed all 10 of his long pass attempts and 95% of his passes overall in the game. This led to him creating two chances for his teammates and only giving the ball away five times in the 90 minutes.
He was excellent in possession to match his superb defensive work and that is why he was a shining light for Guardiola in midfield. It is now down to Rodri to maintain this level of performance throughout the rest of the campaign, with his teammates hopefully upping their game around him to give City the best possible chance of winning.
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