City beat Chelsea to win the trophy in 2021 after a 1-0 defeat at Porto before throwing away a late lead to crash out against Real Madrid in the semi-finals a year ago.
They leave Europe’s top competition as the only major honor yet to be won by the club, but they go into next Saturday’s meeting with the Serie A side in Istanbul as firm favorites to complete an historic treble.
The second leg of that success was achieved in a 2-1 victory against Manchester United in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday, with goals in either half sealing the victory and adding the trophy to the Premier League title they won. in May.
With Europe’s biggest prize still eluding them, Rodri pointed to last month’s sensational victory against Real in the last four as confirmation that the team can right the wrongs of previous seasons.
“As I told you earlier, we try to learn a lot from the past,” he said.
“It’s something you learn and I think the desire…how we played with Real Madrid for example before last year’s defeat, so we will play the same way, try to solve the situation, come back from the situation.” and try to win the final.”
The 4-0 win at the Etihad against the reigning European champions that sent them to Istanbul saw City at their dazzling best, Bernardo Silva scoring twice along with goals from Manuel Akanji and Julian Alvarez to complete a 5-1 aggregate win.
It was in stark contrast to the feeling around the club as they were knocked out by the same opposition at the same stage of the previous campaign and let a two-goal lead slip away on aggregate in the closing minutes at the Bernabeu before losing in extra-time.
“I think this experience is a very good point,” said Rodri. “Also the players that have come in have a huge impact to give us something extra every year. I think a team in general you learn as a group. We always try to innovate and push to the minute.
“I think Pep said you won’t be ‘big, big’ if you don’t win in Europe. It’s a test we have to retake. One more final and we’re set, that’s all I can say. I just force guys to be themselves. Be confident, be yourself and try your best to fight for the final.
“We have a squad of 23 players and all of them have been important in some part of the season. The team wins trophies and 23 of them were part of the first round to the end in the Premier League, as well as the Champions League to the final. The team is so important.”