Man City boss Pep Guardiola sends ruthless message to Erling Haaland

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola insists he expects Erling Haaland to be “better”, despite the fact the blockbuster striker has netted an incredible 34 goals during his maiden campaign in England. Haaland joined City from Borussia Dortmund last summer and has taken the Premier League by storm.

“I don’t like one player just to score goals in the box,” Guardiola said as he spoke about Haaland ahead of his side’s Champions League clash with RB Leipzig on Tuesday night. “It’s important, we need it of him. But away from opponents box and he cannot score a goal we need him to be active. We have to take a look at him, and he has to be involved. He has improved, he can improve better.”

Haaland was in devastating form during the first few months of his Citizens career as scored a brace on his Premier League debut against West Ham, before hitting hat-tricks in matches against Crystal Palace, Nottingham Forest, Manchester United and Wolves.

But the 22-year-old has been quieter in recent games and has only returned three goals in his last seven top-flight appearances. He also failed to find the back of the net during his side’s 1-1 draw with Leipzig during the first leg of their last 16 encounter in Germany last month.


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