Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has praised his star-studded squad for welcoming Erling Haaland without becoming envious of the Norwegian’s media attention. In 11 competitive games for the English champions, Haaland has scored 19 goals in a stunning start to his career. City has won the Premier League four times in the last five years, in addition to nine other major trophies.
It’s fine with me, and the guys here accept it completely “Guardiola stated on Friday. “I’ve had the type of guys who would be turned off by it. Four Premier Leagues vying for everything, and we’re only talking about Erling? Other people would not like it in other clubs. “They are overjoyed here. We don’t have any outstanding players who would say, “All the time they just talk about him.
” This is why I enjoy working with these players.”
Haaland has scored in nine consecutive City games, but he was denied a fourth hat-trick in five home games when Guardiola took him off at halftime of Wednesday’s 5-0 win over FC Copenhagen after scoring twice in the first half. Guardiola praised Haaland’s poacher instinct, which allows him to appear to always be in the right place when the ball breaks his way into the box. “He has a fantastic instinct.
What can I possibly teach him? As a striker, he has an incredible sense of where the ball will finish, and he goes one second before the ball arrives “Guardiola added. “He possesses this talent and quality. He’s there all the time, whether it’s a cross or a deflection. How can a manager teach this type of player? It is not possible. It’s instinct, pure and simple. “He’s done it in Norway, Austria, Germany, and now he’s doing it here. He detects it.
“Thank you so much to him for choosing us, and to everyone who helped bring him here. We are fortunate to have this talent on our team.” Haaland’s midweek second-half rest means he will start against Southampton on Saturday, hoping to extend his scoring streak. Kyle Walker will not play after undergoing groin surgery, but Guardiola would not comment on whether the defender will be ready to play for England at the World Cup next month.