Transitioning from Diego Simeone's pragmatic style of play to Pep Guardiola's attacking mindset was always going to be a challenge but Rodri looks at the new way of playing as a personal challenge.
"A player has to go through stages," he told El País. "In all the teams I've been going through I felt it was the place I had to be. Now at City, I have a totally different role.
"I have never had such an important role in such a key position in that team as the midfielder. It is different from everything I've found. For me, it is a personal and professional challenge.
"It's playing a role that was not so usual for me, knowing how to stop the game, the tactical foul, knowing when I have to squeeze or stay.
"I don't know if I was running more at Atlético or now, but the feeling is that with the City I end games feeling dead."