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Champions League: Rodri: “They really like jokes and now I can shut them up a bit”


“Finally” (finally). With this shout, Kevin De Bruyne greeted Rodrigo Hernandez – It is not clear if it was because of his goal or because of the Champions League – in the mixed area of ​​the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul.

The former of Atletico and Villarreal appeared with a grin from ear to ear, Medal around his neck and ‘MVP’ for the finalist in his bag… But he does not forget his first steps in the union: “City trusted me to come here, although the change wasn’t easy and I had the chance to score the most important goal in City’s history. I honestly think we deserve it.”

Rodri’s goal (1-0) against Manchester City 1-0 Inter Milan

He was running in the 68th minute when he appeared from the second line to score the goal that knocked out Inter (1-0): “It’s the only time in the whole game he’s moved forward Because I had to make sure their attackers didn’t feel too comfortable. I saw the space and initially thought about shooting hard, but when I realized there were 5-6 players on the line I decided to put it in the near post.“.

I saw the space and initially thought about shooting hard, but when I realized there were 5-6 players on the line I decided to put it in the near post.

Rodrigo Hernandez

Then came the euphoria: “It was an explosion of joy. There was just over 20 minutes to go, but at that time I couldn’t believe it.”

UEFA Champions League (final): Summary and goals of Manchester City 1-0 Inter de Milan

His colleagues, as Rodri himself reveals between jokes, didn’t believe it either: “They really like jokes, if I don’t score many goals… Obviously, there are very nice people here. From now on, I’ll be able to silence them for a bit.”

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“Create a winning culture like Madrid and Bayern…”

City, after losing the final against Chelsea (0-1) in 2021, won the first European Champions League in its history: “I believe in God and God is in store.” This wonderful gift which is the fruit of many years of work done by this team.”

The city’s “fortress” is not satisfied. you want more: “For me, it was very important to beat Inter Because the most important thing in winning the Champions League is that Help us create a winning culture. We believed in ourselves and we achieved it. This allows you to build a legacy for the future because it is what teams like Bayern, Barcelona, ​​Milan or Inter have done in the past. Now we want more. We have 22-year-olds, like Haaland, and a great team for the next few years.”



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