Rodri: the heir to Busquets now justifying the talent-spotters’ faith

Manchester City midfielder has confounded predictions that he would never make it and vindicated his Villarreal mentorsThis article is part of the Guardian’s Euro 2020 Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisations from the 24 countries who qualified. theguardian.com is running previews from two countries each day in the run-up to the tournament kicking off on 11 June.Many great footballers are lost to the game before they are out of their teens. Their road to ruin seems always the same: full of potential, they rise through a club’s youth system and into the first team squad, where they experience something that happens to all people when they are truly thrown in at the deep end: they make a mistake. Then they make another, followed by a few more, and instead of experiencing compassion they find that at the crucial moment their coaches, the people who should be there to protect them, abandon them. It starts with an error and becomes a trauma. Related: Euro 2020 team guides part 19: Spain Continue reading…

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