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Manchester City’s impressive recent form has seen them rise to fifth place in the Premier League table, now just four points behind leader Liverpool, with two games in hand over last year’s champion.
An exhausted Citizens team showed their mettle at Stamford Bridge in a 3-1 win against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon with Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne starring as Pep Guardiola’s side.
However, Rodri’s performance should not go unnoticed, as the Spanish midfielder put in an excellent performance that will reassure Manchester City fans that he is more than capable of stepping up to replace Fernandinho, and it seems that he The 35-year-old will likely leave the court. club this summer when your the contract ends.
According Squawka Soccerl, during the game against Frank Lampard’s side, Rodri enjoyed the most touches (108), the most successful passes, the most duels played, the most recoveries and the most tackles of any player. on the court, in what was a dominant total-round screen.
Can Rodri be as successful as Fernandinho at City?
The Spanish international has faced criticism at times since Union Atlético de Madrid in 2019, with former City star Micah Richards no doubt not happy with his performance against Leicester earlier this season, saying:
“I do not blame him [the defeat] On Rodri alone, there were a lot of bad performances there.
“But in the middle alone, because of the way he turns, he doesn’t read danger like Fernandinho [does], and the bottom line is exposed. “
However, since that 5-2 loss, City have shown one of the best defenses in the league, with the pair of John Stones and Ruben Dias doing wonders at the rear, although Rodri’s influence in this rebound in form should not be forgotten.
The 24-year-old has averaged a solid 7.01 rating for his performances in the Premier League this season and while Richards may not think he reads the game the way Fernandinho does, he has averaged 1.1 interceptions and 1.7 tackles in his top flight appearances this season, while the Brazilian has barely achieved 0.5 interceptions and 1 tackle per game on average.
The Spaniard is also only 24 years old, so there seems to be no reason why he cannot improve and achieve the same status that Fernandinho has achieved among the City faithful during his time at the club.
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