Sunday, November 28

Rodri beats Luis Enrique

Si Luis Enrique he sees a footballer touched or in the eye of the hurricane, he does not leave him aside. All the contrary. He reinforces it by putting him on the field and defending him under cloak and sword. He did it at the Euro with Morata, starting in the middle of the whistles and substitute only, against Italy, when he had finished all the rude around him. With Gavi, the same. What criticism is there for your call? Well, it makes him the youngest debutant in the history of the national team, putting him in eleven in the semi-finals of the League of Nations. There are already three titles in a row.

And the last case is that of Rodri, immersed in a controversy after saying on Radio MARCA that Spain was not obliged to go to the World Cup, words that in the same sentence he contradicted saying that “Spain has to be in the World Cup”. A poor choice of terms, rather than a real thought, played a trick on the City midfielder. Yes, there was surprise in the Federation with the words of the footballer, but the technician did not put him aside. I put a cloak on him in the press room assuring that “Spain is obliged to win all the games”, without denying him, and then putting him in the eleven instead of Busquets.

The captain was a substitute to prevent a yellow one from leaving him out of the duel against Sweden and the City footballer responded, as almost always, with a great game. Rodri is getting closer and closer to the performance of Busquets, which makes Luis Enrique smile, who knows that after the World Cup in Qatar he will have to face the captain’s relief. Rodri, no doubt, be prepared.

Against Greece he signed a great match. Nothing of pressure neither by the party, nor by the scene, nor by his words in the previous one. Rodri played as always: confident, brave, forceful. A very complete game that confirms the sensations that he is transmitting this season in the Premier, where he is one of the most outstanding midfielders of the championship under Guardiola. Pep does not doubt either and Rodri is fixed for him.

Spectacular numbers

Rodri’s numbers at City are spectacular this season. Nine games, with a balance of seven wins, one draw and one defeat. He adds a goal, although it is not hit what must be demanded of this player, but that he moves his team with discretion. And it does. In the Premier it has completed 738 passes, an average of 82 per game. And his percentages of success in the games are always around 90%.

Defensively, it is life insurance. 80 recoveries, 42 duels won, 71% of tackles made successfully … Above, 15 duels won thanks to his size and good positioning. In that he has also improved with Guardiola.

As an international, little by little he is gaining weight in the national team and there are now 29 games he has played. He is a fixture in the concentrations and Luis Enrique, apart from seeing him as the natural replacement of Busquets, does not hesitate to put him next to the 5 of Bara in many meetings. In fact, against Sweden on Sunday, it is one more option that would be accompanying Koke and the captain.

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