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Spanish midfielder spoke midweek about fatigue

Guardiola: ''Rodri will be rested if necessary''

2024/04/12 16:09

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he will rest Rodri following the midfielder's comments regarding needing a break.

The 27-year-old Spain international has clocked up 41 club games already this season and after City's 3-3 draw with Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, he indicated that he needed a rest.

Guardiola's side host Premier League strugglers Luton in the top flight on Saturday.

"If a player doesn't want to play then he's not going to play, simple," said the Manchester City manager.

Incredibly, the midweek draw with Real means that Rodri has not lost a game playing for City in all competitions for 429 days and 66 games. 

The playmaker has actually missed four domestic games due to suspension - and City have lost all four.

"Take a look at our games and then you realise. He's so important for the quality that he gives," added Guardiola.  

"I have the feeling that the games when he was tired like against Crystal Palace and Madrid, he was better in the second half. He runs more and was more precise in the second half than the first.

"More than the physicality, it is a case of spending mental energy. Playing every three days, three days. Of course he's tired, playing a lot of minutes."

Rodri Hern醤dez
NameRodrigo Hern醤dez Cascante
Born/Age1996-06-22(27 -yrs-old)
PositionMidfielder (Defensive Midfielder)


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2024-04-12 17h27m by jreedmanbrst
As a football fan, I can understand Rodri's need for a break. The intensity of the season can take a toll on players and it's important for them to manage their bodies. But as a fan, I also trust Guardiola's decision to rest him. City's record with and without Rodri speaks for itself.
2024-04-12 17h00m by dnelsons
As a football fan, I completely understand the need for Rodri to take a break. He has been playing a lot of games this season and it's important for players to rest and recover. His comments show that he is willing to put the team's success above his own personal goals. I trust Guardiola to make the right decision in resting him and I have full confidence in the team's ability to perform well without him on the pitch. It's crucial for players to listen to their bodies
2024-04-12 16h38m by eyoungs8
As a fan, I completely understand and support Rodri's decision to take a break. It's a long and physically demanding season, and players need to take care of their bodies to avoid burnout. Rodri has been a key player for City, and it's clear that his absence has affected the team's performance. I trust Guardiola's decision to rest him and I have no doubt that he will come back even stronger.
2024-04-12 16h23m by banderson1976
As a football fan, I think it's important for players to listen to their bodies and take breaks when needed. Rodri has been playing a lot of games and it's completely understandable for him to feel fatigued. It's good to see Guardiola taking this into consideration and giving him some rest. Hopefully, he will come back rejuvenated and ready to continue his impressive form for City.
2024-04-12 16h17m by lhalliday_bart
Disappointing to hear that Rodri needs a break, but ultimately his well-being comes first. Hope City can still secure the win against Luton!
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