'We lost this game because of us' - Manchester City goal-scorer frustrated by defeat to clinical Canaries

PUBLISHED: 14:00 15 September 2019 | UPDATED: 14:42 15 September 2019

Rodri celebrates his late goal at Carrow Road for Manchester City 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Rodri celebrates his late goal at Carrow Road for Manchester City Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

Manchester City goal-scorer Rodri says the reigning Premier League champions only have themselves to blame for their shock defeat at Norwich City.

The Spain international, signed from Atletico Madrid this summer for around £62million, set up a grandstand finish with an 88th-minute strike but the Canaries held on for a famous victory.

The expensively assembled visitors had 69 percent of possession and 25 shots at goal, to City's seven, but were thwarted by a performance built on determination and hard work from the injury-ravaged hosts.

"Pep told us it was going to be very, very tough and we saw it on the pitch," the midfielder said after the game. "But I think we lost this game because of us. I think they don't do many things to win this game.

"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. But the good thing about the team is we never dropped. We have to keep pushing, be good mentally, be smart, calm and keep going,"

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Norwich keeper Tim Krul couldn't stop Rodri's powerful strike for Manchester City 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesNorwich keeper Tim Krul couldn't stop Rodri's powerful strike for Manchester City Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

With Liverpool winning 3-1 at home to Newcastle earlier on Saturday, it leaves Pep Guardiola's team five points adrift of the leaders after five games.

The defeat - thanks to goals from Kenny McLean, Todd Cantwell and Teemu Pukki - brought an end to an 18-game unbeaten league run for a club which also reached the Champions League quarter-finals and won both the FA Cup and League Cup last season.

"The season is very long," Rodri added, speaking to Manchester City's official website. "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 are working and we will keep pushing.

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

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