Manchester City midfielder Rodri produced a superb display at the weekend as Spain thrashed Georgia 4-0 in World Cup qualifying.
The former Atletico Madrid man is likely to be a regular in Pep Guardiola’s side again this season and should Fernandinho depart at the end of the season, his importance for the Citizens will only grow further.
According to WhoScored, the 25-year-old has been City’s best performer in the Premier League so far with an impressive 8.0/10 rating across his two appearances thus far and he continued his fine form with a dominant display for Luis Enrique’s side.
As per SofaScore, the Manchester City man would earn an impressive 7.5/10 rating for his display, with only goalscorers Paulo Sarabia (8.2), Carlos Soler (8.0) and Jose Gaya (7.9) rated higher on the evening.
During the 90 minutes, Rodri would have 136 touches and completed a remarkable 123/128 passes, resulting in a superb pass accuracy of 96%.
Not only was this the most passes completed of any player on the pitch, but it was also almost as many as the entire starting team of Georgia would manage (147), which emphasises how he completely ran the game.
Rodri also completed eight out of his nine attempted long balls and would win four out of seven of his duels, suggesting that he barely put a foot wrong during his time on the pitch.
Spain and Manchester City are a good match in that they both love to dominate possession and, if Guardiola saw any of the game, he will surely have been delighted with the way his defensive midfielder performed.
Despite dubbing him “incredible” in 2019, the Spanish manager opted to leave Rodri out of the crunch Champions League games last season but if he continues to impress he will surely be considered a big-game player, and considering City’s upcoming fixtures include games against Leicester, Chelsea and Liverpool, it will be interesting to see if the Spain international keeps his starting place.
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