Guardiola jokes about Rodri after Man City beat Crystal Palace
'Not as good': Pep Guardiola jokes about Man City ace Rodri after Crystal Palace victory
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'Not as good': Pep Guardiola jokes about Man City ace Rodri after Crystal Palace victory

Pep Guardiola was in awe of Rodri, who put in a typically emphatic display for Manchester City in their 1-0 win against Crystal Palace.

The £160,000-a-week man was exceptional from start to finish, as he cleaned up everything that came his way in the middle of the park.

But notably, the Spanish international was exceptional going forward as well, as his lung-busting runs from the middle of the park were a reminder of Yaya Toure’s days in sky blue.

After Manchester City piled on the pressure on Arsenal with their late victory after Erling Haaland opened the scoring from the spot-kick late into the game, Pep Guardiola reserved special praise for Rodri.

Pep Guardiola impressed by Rodri as Manchester City beat Crystal Palace

The former Atletico Madrid midfielder has once again been sublime for City and has a claim for arguably being their finest performer this campaign after the Norwegian goalscorer, who scored his 28th Premier League goal this term at Selhurst Park.

Pep Guardiola was especially complimentary about Rodri while reacting to the triumph from Manchester City against Crystal Palace, as quoted by Manchester Evening News journalist Tyrone Marshall.

“What a game. What a holding midfielder. No words to describe.”

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When quizzed about where the 26-year-old ranks amongst the best defensive midfielders in the world, the Catalan boss joked, “One of the best. But not as good as his manager.”

Rodri is having yet another impeccable season

While Kevin De Bruyne eventually won the 2021/2022 Premier League Player of the Season, most Sky Blues fans would perhaps have said that it was the ‘very important’ operator who was their standout player.

If it wasn’t for Erling Haaland scoring goals at a rate that is foreign to English football, the same would be the case once again this campaign as Rodri continues to be excellent, as he showed by Crystal Palace, which Pep Guardiola commented on.

A truly special footballer.

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