Rodri is the best defensive midfielder in the world, according to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.
Following City’s 3-1 victory over Red Star Belgrade (Mirror), the Catalan manager was asked if the £62.8 million (Independent) man is the best player in his position on the world.
It was surprise to learn that Pep Guardiola believes so, especially following Rodri’s superb display on Tuesday night.
Rodri is the ‘greatest’ defensive midfielder in the world, according to Pep Guardiola. Described as ‘top-class’ by Guardiola after the game, the 27-year-old was simply immaculate at the Etihad Stadium once again.
Defensively, the Spaniard did not make a single mistake, while creating shots from nothing with his deft footwork and tremendous ball-carrying abilities, and he capped his performance with a spectacular goal.
When asked if Rodri is the best holding midfielder in the world, Pep Guardiola replied, “Right now, yeah.” He’s the greatest.”
“Hopefully, he can improve; he has a good mentality and things to work on, but he’s an exceptional holding midfielder.” We were fortunate that the team signed this man, since when he arrived, he was not this type of player.”
Rodri might be argued to have outperformed Fernandinho at his peak.
It would be intriguing to find out who No.6 Pep Guardiola believes is actually superior, Rodri or Fernandinho.
However, in his peak, the treble-winning midfielder could have overtaken the Brazilian icon.
Fernandinho outperforms Rodri in defense because he can cover more territory.
On the field, while the former was excellent, the latter is just superior.
Rodri has progressed to the point where he is a legitimate chance creator, while also better controlling the flow of a game.
It’s a difficult question to answer, but the fact that the three-time Premier League winner can be compared to a player of Fernandinho’s caliber attests to his greatness.