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Manchester City: Rodri starred in hard-fought win over Palace

Manchester City will become Premier League champions on Sunday if Liverpool beat Manchester United at Old Trafford after they beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at Selhurst Park this afternoon.

In typical Sergio Aguero fashion on the big occasion, the Argentine scored a superb goal to give Pep Guardiola’s side the lead shortly before Ferran Torres’ well-taken second made things comfortable for the Citizens, who had to be patient before eventually forging in front.

Although the Spaniard had one of his best games in a Manchester City shirt, it was arguably his international teammate Rodri who ran the show against Roy Hodgson’s side. As per SofaScore, the former Atletico Madrid man earned a superb 8.1/10 rating for his performance, which was the best of any player who featured in the match.

During the 90 minutes, the £63m-rated defensive midfielder had a remarkable tally of 133 touches, which was comfortably the most of any player, whilst he completed 109 of his 119 passes at Selhurst Park, resulting in a 92% accuracy rate.

Who was better vs Palace?

Rodri

Rodri

Torres

Torres

Considering he has averaged 83 passes per game in the Premier League so far this season, it is clear that he produced an excellent display against the Eagles. The 24-year-old was allowed to dictate the play and didn’t disappoint, completing 18 of his 21 long balls during the game, which allowed City to stretch the game and get at the home side’s defence.

Playing in a double pivot alongside Fernandinho, rather than his usual more attack-minded partners Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan, meant that Rodri could push further forwards and have an impact in the final third, which helped him contribute one key pass and one dribble, which again is above average for the midfielder.

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He was also excellent from a defensive perspective, contributing four tackles during the game, which is twice as many as usual, emphasising just how important he was to City’s victory in Saturday’s early kick-off.

Therefore, whilst Torres was impressive and scored the clinching goal, Rodri’s superb performance should earn him a lot of credit.

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