‘They are more than a team… you can never relax even if you are winning 4-0’: Rodri warns his Man City team-mates ahead of crunch Champions League clash against the competition’s ‘biggest’ side Real Madrid
- Manchester City resume their Champions League campaign on Friday evening
- They hold a 2-1 lead heading into second-leg of last-16 tie vs Real Madrid at home
- Pep Guardiola’s side haven’t played since beating Norwich on final day of season
- Rodri has sent a warning to his City team-mates ahead of the clash at the Etihad
Rodri has hailed Real Madrid as the ‘biggest’ team in the Champions League as Manchester City look to finish them off in their last-16 tie on Friday night.
Pep Guardiola’s side hold a 2-1 advantage heading into the second-leg at the Etihad Stadium thanks to goals from Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne in the Bernabeu at the end of February.
But Rodri has fired a warning to his City team-mates ahead of the Champions League restart, claiming his side can never rest on their laurels against the Spanish giants – who he labels as ‘more than a team’.
Rodri has hailed Real Madrid ahead of Manchester City’s crunch clash with the Spanish giants
Manager Pep Guardiola will be hoping City finish the job off against Madrid on Friday evening
Speaking in the pre-match press conference alongside Pep Guardiola on Thursday, Rodri said: ‘I have the same feeling, they are more than a team.
‘They have that way of playing where you can never relax even if you are winning 3 or 4-0. They always come back and have that huge personality to become the champions they have been.
‘It is the biggest team in this competition and they show that to the world but now football has changed a little bit. It is so competitive the distances between teams are so narrow.
‘I know we have the better team but we have to show it on the pitch tomorrow. If we do things well, I think everything is going to be good for us.’
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Kevin De Bruyne secured a 2-1 victory for City in the first-leg of the last-16 tie at the Bernabeu