After hoovering up 198 points in the last two seasons, it hardly seems fair that Manchester City are able to get even better this season.
But better they may well be, after they recruited Rodri to play at the base of their midfield. The Spaniard made his competitive debut for City against West Ham at the weekend, and very impressive he was too.
Also making his debut this week was Andy Murray (not that one), but not in City’s midfield – on the Totally Football Show. Andy profiled Rodri recently, and he said big things are expected of a man with brains, as well as skills.
“Pep and half of Spain think Rodri is the new Busquets,” said Andy. “He gets the ball, plays it simple, five yard passes, breaks up play, gets around the pitch pretty easily.
“I thought his first 20 minutes, he looked pretty nervy. He’s not going to get the same amount of time on the ball, playing out from defence as he did at Atletico and Villarreal before that.
“A few times he found himself on the same passing lines as the defence, meaning he was getting passes straight to him, and found it quite difficult to turn with it, meaning he’d have to play it back to the centre-backs and start again. That’s something to work on. As the game opened up he was every inch the player Pep wants him to be.
“Rodri lived in halls of residence when he first joined Villarreal. He was doing a business administration degree, so he decided instead of using his money to live somewhere nice, decided he wanted to live at the University of Castellon.”
Rodri was part of the City team that once again wiped the floor with the Hammers, adding their 5-0 win to previous victories of 4-0, 4-1, 4-0 and 5-1.
And Matt Davies-Adams had a fine stat about that: “Manchester City are apparently responsible for eight per cent of all the goals scored by anybody, at the London Stadium. Including by West Ham.”
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