The Spanish midfielder and his City colleagues flew out to the Spanish capital today with anticipation building ahead of tomorrow’s eagerly anticipated first leg encounter at the Bernabeu.
And, in a wide-ranging interview which charts the course of his career to date, Rodrigo – who knows Real well from his time with cross-city rivals Atletico Madrid - pinpoints the essential ingredients required if success is to be achieved against Zinedine Zidane’s star-studded side.
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“Being courageous and confident that we can beat them, those are the steps City need to make to get through,” says the 23-year-old holding midfielder
“Real Madrid is always Real Madrid. They are respected throughout Europe.
“That’s why we need to have courage, personality and respect for the opponent.”
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