"I want to win everything!" - Rodrigo Press Conference Highlights (vs Borussia Dortmund)

Manchester City welcome Borussia Dortmund to town in the first-leg of their Champions League Quarter-Final clash. Travelling to Germany next week, Guardiola's side will look to take a good lead away with them.
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Manchester City welcome Borussia Dortmund to town in the first-leg of their Champions League Quarter-Final clash. Travelling to Germany next week, Guardiola's side will look to take a good lead away with them.

Rodri joined manager Pep Guardiola for the press conference before this one, and here's what he had to say on a variety of topics...


Champions League importance 

"All competitions are the same. I want to win everything. It is true that it's a very tough competition. Anything can happen in two games but it demands you to be focused over 90 minutes. We have to be focused on this lovely competition."

"We have experience of these situations and we're going to face a very good team."

The threat of Haaland 

"His performances have been impressive. He's only 21, I think, and he's scoring lots of goals but we are not focused on one player. Dortmund is a big team in Europe. I remember facing them with Atletico [Madrid] and it was a tough game."

"They have lots of young players but a mix of young and experienced players. I think they have a very offensive squad so we have to be aware of this. They like going forward and scoring goals so we have to try to play our game."

Previous knockout defeats 

"My experience was last year. It is a different situation. It was only one game. We have the opportunity to get back and prove to ourselves that we are ready for every challenge. The most important thing for us is to be calm, and play like we're playing in all of the games, not think much about other things. We have to focus on our game and this season we showed when we do our game and we're focused on our game we have lots of chances."

Praise for Jude Bellingham 

"We don't focus on individual players. In the media, we analyse them as a team and the players usually play and it is important to know the individual players, but we have to be worried about the team, not individuals."

"Honestly there are some players I don't know much because I am young but they have an unbelievable squad. They show in games they can score lots of goals although they also concede. They are a dangerous team, they scored three at Sevilla."

Agüero's departure 

"We have motivation every year. Sergio's a very, very important player. He deserves to go in the best way and for me, it will be a dream to achieve this competition with him and the team. It would be the best present." 

Ilkay Gundogan's form 

"He's had an outstanding and unbelievable season, not only because of the goals, assists and appearing in headlines, but what he does on the pitch, the moves, the understanding of the game. He is a very important player for us and for his country."

"We have to pass him the ball! That is the reality. We have lots of players in a good shape and we are thankful of this."

Reaction to the Lyon defeat

"When you get these difficult defeats, you learn and face the next one with more ambition and desire. It's what we're going to try to do. But we have to be focused on us... We have to keep calm and do our game."

Stopping Haaland's quality 

"They play with four dangerous players and have a dynamic game. They break, try to punish you with counter-attacks. We have to control it, but we don't have to change our way of playing."

"We take the ball with responsibility and control counter-attacks and these type of players, but the key of all of this is if we do a good performance our way and control in our way, I think it will be good for us."


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