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Rodrigo: “It is one of the greatest games you can play.”

Spaniard happy to play in Manchester derby.

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Rodrigo believes this team can be really special. Speaking recently to the media the Spanish midfielder spoke about the Manchester derby, the vibe around the team and how the fans have been since arrival.

Let’s dive in-

“It is one of the greatest games you can play.

“United are one of the most historic clubs in the Premier League and it is always a tough game.

“It is the kind of games when we play for more than just a football game, we play for the pride of our fans, to make them feel proud of being City supporters.

“That is the reason why a derby is so important for us.”

“It is very important to control the opponent’s counterattacks,” he admitted.

“The key is being well placed in the pitch, focus, and be aggressive.

“We are an attacking side, and our game depends on getting the ball back as soon as possible when we press.

“Being focused on your part is an individual duty.

“Besides that, the team is working well offensively and defensively and when the dynamic is good you just want to keep going in the same way.”

“A derby is always special,” he said. “It would be a very demanding game; we obviously miss the atmosphere in the stadiums.

“But they are a great side, they can always beat you, at home or away.

“We did it well on the most recent games against them, at home it has been a bit more of a struggle, but we hope we can keep the same good level.

“I’m pretty sure that if we give our best level, we have fair chances of winning.”

Rodrigo has been a quiet, yet sturdy presence in midfield for City so afar along this historical run. He does some little things that actually impact the match and that can’t be overstated. He has not been a game changer, but has been more than solid.

He’s even become the penalty taker for now.

That will work for this team and hopefully Sunday in the derby.