Manchester City defeated Aston Villa 3-2 to finally be crowned Premier League champions in a thrilling encounter at The Etihad Stadium today. Ilkay Gundogan grabbed the headlines with two goals that made sure City were victorious, but it was “monster” midfielder Rodri who stole the show and was key to them winning the title.
A player that’s often overlooked, the Spaniard has been pivotal for City this season and is the natural successor to the outgoing Fernandinho.
The 25-year-old moved to Manchester back in 2019 for £62.8m joining from Atletico Madrid as a relatively unknown player. However, like many others, he has been moulded into a world-class superstar by manager Pep Guardiola.
With City 2-0 down at the break his aggression one on one and ability to recover the ball ensured that City had enough time to score the goals they needed to. He also got himself on the scoresheet netting the equaliser.
As well as working hard at recovering possession for the Citizens he also had the composure to find a man when he had the ball with an overall pass accuracy percentage of 92%.
He was given a score of 7.6 by SofaScore which was perhaps harsh given how much his performance meant to the victory and therefore City’s season. He’s made 32 appearances in the Premier League this season and despite playing a deep role has managed to score six times and get two assists.
He is one of the most important players at the club and his quality is appreciated by the fanbase but needs to be appreciated more by those outside the club.
The win means that City don’t end the season trophyless and retain the title for the first time since 2019 and secure their 4th title in five years.
They will head into next season full of confidence that they can do it all over again but will face yet another massive challenge from Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool.