‘We all agreed that every player could do a little bit more’: Rodri reveals Manchester City dressing room inquest helped spark leaders’ remarkable run of form… and admits he took penalty in win over Tottenham to show team-mates ‘we can be confident’
- Manchester City hold a 10-point advantage at the top of the Premier League
- But their remarkable form is a contrast to their slump at the start of the season
- City had been left lying in 14th spot after a defeat by Tottenham in November
- Rodri has now revealed a team meeting proved the catalyst behind the revival
Manchester City midfielder Rodri has pinned the Premier League leaders’ rampant run of form on a dressing room inquest held earlier this season.
Pep Guardiola’s team currently top the table with a 10-point advantage over neighbours United – and will be able to extend the gap by another three points with a win over Arsenal on Sunday.
The situation was much more bleak for City back in November, however, after a stuttering start to the campaign left them languishing in 14th spot.
Rodri (left) revealed a dressing room inquest at Manchester City helped spark their fine form
The 2-0 defeat by Tottenham left City clinging on to faint hopes of a title challenge – but, as Rodri has now explained, a meeting between the players helped kickstart their remarkable charge up the table.
He told Sky Sports: ‘In the first period of the season, we weren’t playing well individually and collectively but this changed once we got together and spoke more about how we could work together.
‘We had a meeting and talked to each other. We analysed what was happening and how the team could do better.
Pep Guardiola’s table-toppers were left in 14th spot after a defeat by Tottenham in November
‘We all agreed that every player could do a little bit more for the team. I feel it’s the reason why we’re doing so well right now as there are lots of players who are currently playing at an incredible level.’
The turnaround in form has seen City fail to trail in a top flight fixture since – and, with both United and Leicester dropping points, the four-time champions look set to saunter to yet another crown.
City’s rich vein of goalscoring from has proved a major factor behind their 17-game winning streak – although their record from the penalty spot needs improvement.
The win at Liverpool was marked by another poor spot-kick, and four of the last six penalties to have been fired off target completely have been from City players.
Rodri admitted the City squad agreed that every player could have done better in their slump
City’s midfield enforcer netted the first professional penalty of his career against Tottenham
Rodri stepped up to the spot against Tottenham, City’s seventh different taker in just over a season and a half, and scored – and has insisted he would do it again.
The successful effort from 12 yards was the first penalty of his professional career.
‘It was a specific moment where I felt confident,’ he added. ‘The team needed someone to step forward to show they could take the penalty because we’d missed lots of them in important games.
‘Next time if I can shoot then I will, no problem. But the point was just to show the team that we can be confident taking them as they’re important in deciding big games.’
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