Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has denied he has an issue with Erling Haaland after the Norway striker bagged one other two goals on Tuesday night. Haaland was the star of the show for City once more as he helped his team win 4-0 against Sevilla within the Champions League and storm to the highest of their group.
Following the match, Guardiola was asked by BT Sport reporter Jules Breach to call the points of his team’s second half performance that pleased him essentially the most. “We gave more passes,” responded the Spaniard. “We sometimes need to arrive so, so quick because Erling is there – you could have this attraction about him. To attack sometimes we’ve to make more passes.”
And when Breach followed up by asking whether the concentrate on Haaland caused his team an issue, 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 Residents as he got on the tip of Kevin de Bruyne’s tantalising cross to poke the ball home. Phil Foden then drove a low effort into the back of the online midway through the second period, before Haaland got on the scoresheet for a second time after one other 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 online from close range.
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“Phil has an incredible thing,” added the 51-year-old. “Recently he shouldn’t be playing so good like normally but all the time do a job and all the time run and all the time fight and all the time is a stable for the team. And I’m pretty sure today the goal and the assist he has done goes to assist him. Phil’s position is dynamic and his work ethic and we’ve to learn rather a lot.”
City now top Group G of the Champions League on goal difference after scoring yet another goal than Borussia Dortmund, who also bagged three points from their opener after dispatching Copenhagen 3-0 in Germany. The Residents are set to host Dortmund on the Etihad Stadium of their second European encounter next Wednesday.
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