Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has denied he has a problem with Erling Haaland after the Norway striker bagged another two goals on Tuesday night. Haaland was the star of the show for City once again as he helped his team win 4-0 and storm to the top of their Champions League group.
Following the match, Guardiola was asked by BT Sport reporter Jules Breach to name the aspects of his team’s second half performance that pleased him the most. “We gave more passes,” responded the Spaniard. “We sometimes want to arrive so, so quick because Erling is there – you have this attraction about him. To attack sometimes we have to make more passes.”
And when Breach followed up by asking whether the focus on Haaland caused his team a problem, Guardiola wagged his finger at her and replied: “No, I didn’t say that. I prefer to have him – absolutely.”
City were in imperious form in Spain, with Haaland taking just 20 minutes to open his Champions League account for the Citizens as he got on the end of Kevin de Bruyne’s tantalising cross to poke the ball home. Phil Foden then drove a low effort into the back of the net midway through the second period, before Haaland got on the scoresheet for a second time after another shot from Foden had been parried out to him. And the Premier League champions wrapped-up the three points in stoppage time as Ruben Dias guided the ball into the back of the net from close range.
City now top Group G of the Champions League after scoring once extra goal than Borussia Dortmund, who also bagged three points from their opener after dispatching Copenhagen 3-0 in Germany. The Citizens are set to host Dortmund at the Etihad Stadium in their second European encounter next Wednesday.
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