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Rodri Radiates Joy as Manchester City Overcame Red Star in Champions League Defence

Updated: Oct 2, 2023

Man City's Resilience Shine as Rodri's Brilliance Seals Champions League Victory

Rodri, the goal-scoring sensation of the night, exuded pure joy as he led European champions Manchester City to a come-from-behind victory against Red Star Belgrade in their opening defence of the coveted Champions League title.

At the majestic Etihad Stadium, City showcased their dominance, creating numerous goal-scoring opportunities. Red Star, however, sent shockwaves when Osman Bukari found the net with their very first shot, right on the cusp of halftime.

Yet, City's indomitable spirit shone through as they regained their composure, with Julian Alvarez delivering a brace and Rodri himself adding a sublime strike to secure a well-deserved 3-1 victory.

Pep Guardiola's formidable Cityzens have remained unbeaten at home in the Champions League since September 2018 and impressively reached the knockout stages in each of the past 10 seasons, a testament to their enduring excellence.

In a post-match interview with TNT Sports, a beaming Rodri shared his insights on the match: "I think it was a tough game even though to be fair we could've scored two or three goals in the first half. We weren't clinical enough. They scored with the first chance and the same thing happened against West Ham."

Emphasising the importance of halftime discussions, Rodri revealed: "The most important thing is at half-time talking to the guys and saying 'don't panic, let's keep doing our job'. In the end, we scored three goals, Julian [Alvarez] was incredible, Kyle [Walker] was close, I scored, so a complete game in all terms."

Reflecting on his own goal, Rodri added: "I saw in that moment and looked for the far corner. Sometimes you don't have to shoot strong. Stefan told me at half-time the keeper was always in the air and not getting down and to the sides of the goal. Good advice!"

When asked about his conscious effort to contribute more in terms of scoring, Rodri remarked: "I think it's something that becomes natural for a player. I feel the way they defend and they give time to the midfielders to shoot it's something I'm trying to work on and grow even though it's not my biggest quality. Not only the goals, assists, in that part of the game."

With an unwavering focus on growth and excellence, City's quest for European supremacy continues to gather momentum under the charismatic leadership of Pep Guardiola and the exceptional contributions of players like Rodri. The stage is set for a season filled with anticipation, and City fans can't wait to witness the unfolding drama of City's title defence.

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