‘In world football’… Pundit makes major claim about 27-year-old Man City just couldn’t do without


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Published on 2024-02-14 20:30:00

Pep Guardiola may be facing the prospect of losing vital midfielder Rodri which, according to pundit Craig Burley, could prove disastrous for Manchester City’s pursuit of another treble.

City secured a 3-1 victory against FC Copenhagen in a Champions League match at Parken, marking their 11th consecutive win. Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, and Phil Foden were the goal scorers in this game, showcasing an impressive performance and exceptional control on the field.

Rodri played a central role in facilitating this dominance and has been hailed as irreplaceable by Burley.

After the game, Rodri received praise from pundits and former players, including Rio Ferdinand, who labeled him as phenomenal and the ‘team’s conductor’.

Burley echoed this sentiment, emphasizing Rodri’s all-round brilliance as a midfielder and his unmatched consistency in delivering exceptional performances.

He highlighted that among top players like Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne, it is Rodri who City would struggle to cope without for an extended period of time.

He said (ESPN FC): “Out of those three players you’ve mentioned (Erling Haaland, Kevin De Bruyne and Rodri), they’ve coped without two of them admirably. I don’t think they’d cope without Rodri for a sustained period.

“I think he’s the best all-round midfielder in world football at the moment. I just don’t think there’s anybody who can do what that guy does on a consistent basis.”

His significant contributions have been evident in City’s success this season, and his absence has accounted for their rare defeats.

While City possesses other players of exceptional quality such as De Bruyne and Haaland, Rodri offers a unique skill set that has made him an indispensable asset.

His impact goes beyond offering defensive support, as he has also made significant contributions at the other end of the field with six goals and seven assists.

City’s ability to maintain their momentum in their pursuit of multiple titles may depend on Rodri’s fitness and availability.

Looking ahead, City will be hoping that Rodri remains fit and able to contribute to their ongoing campaign. The loss of such a crucial player could jeopardize their chances of securing multiple titles.

Burley’s assertions ring true in this context, and City will be hoping to keep Rodri in good shape as they aim to achieve their ambitions.

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