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Rodri urges Man City to ‘wake up’ after shock Norwich defeat

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Rodri has called on his Manchester City team-mates to “wake up” after conceding three dreadful goals in a shock 3-2 defeat to Norwich City.

Rodri, who arrived from Atletico Madrid for €70m in the summer, opened his account for City on Saturday by scoring a long-range screamer. At that point, however, it was too little too late as Norwich grabbed an unexpected victory.

Despite losing eight players to injury, the Canaries scored three goals after some woeful City defending.

Kenny McLean and Todd Cantwell gave Norwich a two-goal lead before Sergio Aguero’s header put City back into the game. However, a Nicolas Otamendi blunder allowed Emi Buendia to nick the ball and set-up Teemu Pukki for a third.

“I think they don’t do many things to win this game,” said Rodri.

“Of course, congratulations to Norwich, they play really good football, but today we gave them chances.

“That’s something we have to look at ourselves and solve our mistakes. It’s not normal. The three goals are mistakes.

“The team is working, we are down now but we have to wake up because we have matches every three days.”

The eight-time Spain international, though, doesn’t believe City should write off hopes of a third successive Premier League title at this stage.

Pep Guardiola’s side already sit five points behind leaders Liverpool after five matches this season, so far.

“The season is very long,” added Rodri.

“You are going to have matches like this, at least two or three. It’s normal. We are not perfect, and the good thing is we are at the start of the season not the end.

“That’s the only positive thing we can say. We are five points behind the leaders and that’s bad news but we are working and we will keep pushing.”

City will now travel to Ukraine for their Champions League opener on Wednesday against Shaktar Donetsk in Group C.