Hit­man Ro­drigo: Lose and I’m the new In­cred­i­ble Sulk

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - By STEVE MIL­LAR

RO­DRIGO MORENO is hell-bent on in­flict­ing more pain from Spain – or he’ll turn into the In­cred­i­ble Sulk.

The Va­len­cia hit­man scored the win­ner against Eng­land in the Na­tions League vic­tory at Wem­b­ley last month.

And Ro­drigo (right) is des­per­ate to go for Three Li­ons’ throats again in the 60,720-ca­pac­ity Es­ta­dio Ben­ito Vil­la­marin in Seville to­mor­row night.

If not, the Brazil-born No.9 won’t be do­ing much talk­ing, just like the last cen­tre-for­ward to earn him­self a sulky nick­name – Ni­co­las Anelka.

Ro­drigo said: “It’s un­bear­able when I lose. I try not to talk to many peo­ple. It’s true that peo­ple try and en­cour­age me.Your girl­friend tries to make you feel good.

“But it’s im­pos­si­ble. I pre­fer to be on my own – sulk­ing.”

Ro­drigo and Co have thrived un­der new Span­ish coach Luis En­rique af­ter a woe­ful World Cup and at the home of Real Betis they are com­mit­ted to car­ry­ing on his great work.

He added: “To come to the na­tional team is al­ways a source of pride. It’s a re­ward.

“And Eng­land? Well, we ar­rived feel­ing in­vig­o­rated. We won in Eng­land for the first time in I don’t know how many years.

“When a new coach ar­rives, ques­tions are al­ways asked with re­gards to how he can get more out of the play­ers. This hap­pened even more this time around af­ter what oc­curred at the World Cup.

“We have a dif­fer­ent coach and some of the play­ers have changed, but that’s foot­ball. How can you ex­plain a team that can do well in the league and strug­gles in the Cham­pi­ons League, or vice versa? There isn’t an ex­pla­na­tion or an an­swer. “It’s a mix­ture of fac­tors and the group has adapted well to what the coach has asked. He knows how to con­vey his mes­sage in a short time.

“When putting this into prac­tice things went well. It doesn’t al­ways hap­pen but things just went per­fectly.” And the striker says he is des­per­ate to be part of the na­tional set-up for years to come. He said: “If I want to stay in the team I have to earn it. But I have al­ways tried to make my own way and trust my own chances. I al­ways look for goals and try to play as well as pos­si­ble. “Reach­ing the na­tional team and stay­ing there is dif­fi­cult for any­one, even those who have more than 100 caps. You must main­tain a high level for a long time and have good luck with in­jures.”

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