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Shearer: Polished Rodri shone on City debut

12 Aug 2019
Rodri, Man City

Alan Shearer praises champions' new midfield recruit for an accomplished display as he selects his Matchweek 1 Team of the Week

An accomplished midfield display for Manchester City in their opening 5-0 victory at West Ham United has earned Rodri a place in Alan Shearer's Team of the Week.

A new recruit to Pep Guardiola's squad after their triumphant 2018/19 campaign, the Spain international pulled the strings impressively for his new club.

"He slotted into the City midfield with ease, and looked very polished and steady," Premier League Champion Shearer said of Rodri's influential showing.

Jordan Pickford (EVE) | CRY 0-0 EVE

Made crucial saves to earn Everton a point with 10 men.

Kyle Walker (MCI) | WHU 0-5 MCI

Walker was unstoppable down that right side in Man City's victory.

Lewis Dunk (BHA) | WAT 0-3 BHA 

Solid, reliable and very dominant in a new-look Brighton back five.

Harry Maguire (MUN) | MUN 4-0 CHE

Effortlessly slotted into that back four as the world's most expensive defender, and put in a sound performance.

Erik Pieters (BUR) | BUR 3-0 SOU

Defended really well and got the balance right going forward.

Rodri (MCI) | WHU 0-5 MCI

He slotted into the City midfield with ease, and looked very polished and steady.

Matteo Guendouzi (ARS) | NEW 0-1 ARS

Bossed the midfield for Arsenal.

Raheem Sterling (MCI) | WHU 0-5 MCI

Wow! Started where he left off last season. Outstanding finishing and impeccable positioning.

Ashley Barnes (BUR) | BUR 3-0 SOU

Two superb finishes and a brilliant start for him and Burnley. He bullied the Southampton defenders.

Harry Kane (TOT) | TOT 3-1 AVL

Deadly again. Pulled Spurs through when they needed him to.

Marcus Rashford (MUN) | MUN 4-0 CHE

A calm penalty and a brilliant second goal. A big season is needed from Rashford if Man Utd are to finish in the top four.

Manager: Graham Potter (BHA) | WAT 0-3 BHA 

In Potter's first Premier League match, Brighton's opening 3-0 away success against Watford could hardly have been more impressive.

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