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Carabao Cup

Rodri's delight at first English medal

2 March 2020

Manchester City midfielder Rodri says it was a big moment for him to secure his first winner’s medal in English football.

The 23-year-old, who made the move from Atletico Madrid in the summer, scored what turned out to be the winner against Aston Villa in Sunday’s Carabao Cup Final, and says the win was for the fans. 
 
He said: “For me it is a dream to play in England, winning things in a top-level team in an incredible league like the Premier League, winning the Carabao Cup three times in a row is huge for us. 
 
“For me it is incredible, I am 23 years old and I never really expected to win any trophies, especially to be here in Wembley and scoring goals. 
 
“Us as footballers, we play for our fans because they spend their money to come here and support us when they have busy lives, so all of the victories are for them.” 
 
The Citizens became only the second team in the competition’s history to win the Cup three times in a row (after Liverpool) and the Spaniard adds that he and the rest of the squad want to win as much as they possibly can. 
 
He added: “I am so happy that I could play a part in helping my team to another trophy. When we went 2-0 up we kind of relaxed and that’s why we conceded that goal, which put the pressure back on us. 
 
“We want to win every trophy every single year, you just have to look at what it means to the likes of Phil Foden who is a local lad, he was awarded Man of the Match, and for someone so young it is special. 
 
“We know we had to be patient and we have been rewarded for that, hopefully over time more trophies will come along for us, we just have to concentrate and fight until the end.” 

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