In Spurs finished 14th in the table and Man City 16th. Liverpool, in their 14th consecutive year without a league title, ended up fourth. Between andthese three clubs were the only ones to win the Premier League. Today, however, fans of the Gunners, the Blues and the Red Devils must worry that they might not get their hands on the trophy again for many years.
It was another attempt to keep his life as normal as possible.
I was surrounded by people my own age, I met people from all over, and I met my girlfriend there too. People never understood it.
Then when I started debuting in the Villarreal first team they began to understand a bit more. Football intelligence is what has most drawn Guardiola to Rodri. And he is as proud of using his brain on the pitch as off it. Rodri gets stuck into the defensive duties of his position in the loss to Wolves this month He featured in both Spain's matches against Norway and Sweden in the recent internationals 'The best players are the most intelligent ones,' he says.
Being vigilant and covering. We have to know what to do when we don't have the ball.
And a lot of this is down to him of course. Sportmail's Pete Jenson interviews Rodri at Spain's training camp this week Rodri protests following a foul committed on Everton player Dominic Calvert-Lewin He knows his own margin for error on the pitch is small because of the position he plays in.
And on the subject of small margin for error: City play Liverpool next month and already Jurgen Klopp's side has an eight-point advantage. And not just on the counter-attack. They can dominate games and they can score from set-plays.
It's not so much waiting for our opponent to fail as making sure we get things right. We are missing a lot of players. But he will work on what we have to improve. He is not going to settle for losing games. We have to win. Pep revealed in his record signing's self-sacrificing normalness earlier in the season 'he has no tattoos, no earrings; he even has holding midfielder's hair' he told BT Sport.
Rodri may be the brightest in the class but with the last question he passes on the chance to be teacher's pet — would you have gone to City if Pep had not have been there?
I don't know,' he says. I am not there just because the boss is there. I'm there for what I can bring.
The team has won a lot in recent years and still has a lot left to win. And what does he think of Jurgen Klopp who he faces next month in the Premier League? His teams are very physical and very tough. They go at you like animals and that is what prevails in football right now. City face Jurgen Klopp's table-topping Liverpool side at Anfield on November 10 'Breath' he says, 'yes that's their way.
When we played the final of the Community Shield, we knew they were a team that is like a knife.
It's a quality they have, that is clear. The Spaniard came up against Liverpool during the FA Community Shield at Wembley 'If we cannot reach the opponent's area, making chances, we are not doing things properly.
But the Argentine coach trusted the midfielder implicitly. Rodri says Simeone wished him luck as he headed for City: 'Coaches, like your team-mates, wish you well. You don't stop being colleagues and friends when you leave.