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‘They are more than a team’: Rodri warns Man City ahead of Champions League clash vs Real Madrid 

Rodri has hailed Real Madrid as the ‘biggest’ team in the Champions League as Manchester City look to finish them off in their last-16 tie on Friday night.

Pep Guardiola’s side hold a 2-1 advantage heading into the second-leg at the Etihad Stadium thanks to goals from Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne in the Bernabeu at the end of February.

But Rodri has fired a warning to his City team-mates ahead of the Champions League restart, claiming his side can never rest on their laurels against the Spanish giants – who he labels as ‘more than a team’.

Speaking in the pre-match press conference alongside Guardiola on Thursday afternoon, Rodri said: ‘I have the same feeling, they are more than a team. 

‘They have that way of playing where you can never relax even if you are winning 3 or 4-0. They always come back and have that huge personality to become the champions they have been. 

‘It is the biggest team in this competition and they show that to the world but now football has changed a little bit. It is so competitive the distances between teams are so narrow. 

‘I know we have the better team but we have to show it on the pitch tomorrow. If we do things well, I think everything is going to be good for us.’ 

If City manage to overcome Zinedine Zidane’s side at an empty Etihad, they will face either Juventus or Lyon in the quarter-finals in Lisbon. 

The Premier League outfit possesses one of the most potent attacks in the competition and Guardiola will quietly fancy his chances of going all the way.

And Rodri, who signed last summer in a £62million deal from Atletico Madrid, is desperate for Champions League glory come the end of the campaign.  

The Spain international added: ‘My goal was winning every single tournament. There is one left this season, we have already achieved two and we want to make this a good season in winning the Champions League.

‘It is a tournament this team hasn’t achieved and it is our dream.’ 

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