According to Manchester City midfielder Rodri, the English champions have assimilated valuable lessons from past errors as they strive to claim their first-ever Champions League title this Saturday. By defeating Inter Milan in Istanbul, City would accomplish the treble of Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League.
Two years ago, Pep Guardiola’s team reached the final for the first time in the club’s history but suffered a 1-0 defeat to Chelsea in Porto. The previous season, they experienced heartbreak in the semi-finals as Real Madrid staged a remarkable late comeback. However, this season, City dominated Madrid in the last four, securing an impressive 5-1 aggregate victory.
Rodri stated, “I think Pep mentioned that winning in Europe is crucial to becoming a truly ‘big, big’ club. It’s an examination we must pass once again.” He expressed readiness for another final and emphasized the importance of maintaining confidence, staying true to themselves, giving their best, and fighting for victory.
Since the Abu Dhabi takeover injected vast investments into the club 15 years ago, City has relentlessly pursued Champions League success. The addition of Erling Haaland a year ago may prove to be the missing piece in the puzzle, as the prolific Norwegian striker has netted 52 goals in his debut season.
Rodri also highlighted the significance of experience and the impact made by new signings, which continually elevate the team’s performance. He emphasized the collective learning process within the squad, the constant pursuit of innovation, and the commitment to pushing themselves to their limits.