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Man City midfielder Rodri: I've had to transform my game

Manchester City midfielder Rodri admits leaving Atletico Madrid has meant transforming his game.

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."

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