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Manchester City's Rodri opens up about why Arsenal lost Premier League title

Published at :May 20, 2024 at 1:49 PM
Modified at :May 20, 2024 at 1:50 PM
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Samannay Sen


The Cityzens were crowned Premier League champions for the fourth consecutive time.

Manchester City secured a historic fourth consecutive Premier League title dramatically on the final day of the season. Pep Guardiola’s men emerged victorious 3-1 against West Ham at the Etihad Stadium, holding off a determined challenge from a resurgent Arsenal side.

The Gunners, hungry for their first title since 2004, pushed Manchester City to their limits but ultimately fell short due to what City midfielder Rodri believes was a crucial difference in mentality.

Rodri credits City’s winning mentality for title glory

Following the emotional win, Rodri spoke to reporters, highlighting the mental strength that separated the two teams. He acknowledged that it had been a challenging season throughout, but ultimately, City’s winning mentality had been the deciding factor.

Rodri admitted that Arsenal had put them under pressure at times, but he emphasized that Manchester City had never lost faith in their ability to win every game. He described this relentless belief as the City way and credited it with propelling them to their historic achievement.

Manchester City’s persistent hunt for success

Rodri’s comments point towards a key factor in City‘s success. Throughout the season, Pep Guardiola instilled a relentless hunger for victory in his squad. Even when not playing their best football, City possessed a never-say-die attitude, grinding out results and scoring crucial late goals.

This unwavering commitment to winning proved decisive, particularly during their nine-game winning run that sealed the title.

Rodri points to mentality as a key differentiator

After the outcome of the title win, Manchester City midfielder Rodri spoke to the media, highlighting the crucial role that the team’s mentality played in their success. While acknowledging Arsenal’s strong performance throughout the season, Rodri pinpointed a key difference between the Gunners and the Cityzens: their approach to winning.

“Arsenal did an unbelievable season but the difference was the mentality”. When they came here, they didn’t want to beat us. They just wanted to draw”. Rodri exclaimed.

Rodri acknowledged that there are talented players throughout the league and while he conceded that Arsenal had a very good season, he believed the key difference was the mentality. He elaborated that when Arsenal visited the Etihad, he sensed from their character that they weren’t aiming to win, only to draw.

He emphasized that this approach contrasted with Manchester City’s philosophy, where every game is approached to win. Rodri concluded by stating that this unwavering desire to win was ultimately what secured them the Premier League title.

The upcoming season promises to be a fascinating contest, with both teams contending for the coveted trophy. As Rodri aptly stated, City’s winning mentality may have secured them the title this time, but Arsenal’s hunger and talent suggest a potential shift in the power balance of English football.

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