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City need to win, win, win - Rodri after victory over Everton

Mon 22 November 2021 | 17:21

The Spanish midfielder believes City did what was expected of them as they vanquished Everton 3-0, but they are aware that they cannot allow any complacency set in if they plan to defend their Premier League crown with such “tough” rivals.

Rodri

met the back of the net for

Manchester City

in their climb up to the second place in the

Premier League

following the 3-0 victory over

Everton

on Sunday.

We know we have to give 100 per cent every game, we need to win, win, win,”

said Rodri, who found the target for City with a ferocious strike from outside the box.

“There is no other way to achieve the Premier League. We know it is going to be a tough season with tough contenders.

“But we don’t focus much on them, we just focus on ourselves and go every game to play like this. I think we grow every game.”

City dominated the game from the beginning to the end, with the hosts starting patiently but upping the tempo towards the ends of the first half.

19-year-old Cole Palmer pulled off an impressive full debut and Raheem Sterling scored the opener in the 44th minute.

Rodri went on to double their lead soon after, with Bernardo Silva scoring their third goal and sealing their victory.

It is an unbelievable feeling,”

said Rodri of his goal.

“I realised I was far away and had to shoot strong. When I hit it first time I knew it was in.

“It was an amazing feeling but more than the beauty of the goal was the importance of the goal. At 1-0 you are always on a risky line, with the second goal we could control more the game.”

Everton endured another frustrating game as they have not won any of their last six games and it was added to by an injury to Demarai Gray and a yellow card for Richarlison.

Gary sustained a groin problem early doors and is sidelined like Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Tom Davies, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Andre Gomes, while Richarlison is going to have a one-match ban.

Manager

Rafael Benitez

said:

“Injuries are a problem for us. Hopefully we can bring some players back and go to January with some players and start thinking about some solutions.

“Some of the injuries are long term – Tom Davies was unlucky with his knee, the metatarsal of Doucoure the same. It is something we cannot control and the worst was Dominic, because it takes too long.

“We are trying to change the way we approach the injuries, recover in a different way and hopefully we will see in a few weeks.

“It takes time but when you have players injured you are overloading the other players and then they have a risk.”


source: SportMob

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