City looks set to give up its Premier League crown at the end of the season, 25 points behind Liverpool’s runaway leaders when the campaign was stopped by a coronavirus in March.
But Rodri said Pep Guardiola’s team should be proud of their season as it praises Liverpool’s mindset and relentlessly focuses on ending their 30-year wait for the title.
And the midfielder insisted that City must now aim to win the Champions League and FA Cup to go with the Caraboa Cup and Community Shield they had raised earlier in the season.
“Sometimes football is like that,” the Spanish international told Sky Sports News.
“Liverpool have been incredible this Premier League season. They focused their whole mindset on the Premier League only and in these situations the only thing you can do is applaud. “
“But we have had a lot of problems this year. We have had a lot of injuries and important players, but the season has not been bad for us – we are second.
“Okay, that’s not where we want to be but sometimes it’s like that and we have to keep going. I think we are proud of the season we have had.
“We already have two titles (Community Shield and League Cup) and we have a chance to get two more, including the Champions League.
“I think it’s not a bad season, so for me as an individual I’m really happy with our season. “
Rodri said his first season in English football was “a dream” after joining City of Atletico Madrid on a record £ 62.5 million contract last summer.
The 23-year-old was impressed by the atmosphere in the Premier League stadiums, saying that supporters “breathe football.”
“To me it’s a dream,” said the 23-year-old, who has played 39 games with City in all competitions this season.
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“You never know if you’re going to have the experience of playing in the Premier League for this huge club that is City.
“I am so, so happy to have made this decision and it has been an incredible year for me. I learned a lot, I won a title and we are still alive in other competitions.
“The stadium environment, you feel like people here in England breathe football. For me it’s amazing and I’m so happy. “