One of the most successful managers in the history of football, Pep Guardiola was recently found praising one of his recently signed players.
Pep Guardiola Praised Erling Haaland
Pep Guardiola revealed that he is extremely happy with the way Erling Haaland has debuted at Manchester City.
His start at the club has been stunning and in just 9 appearances since signing with Manchester City, he has scored 13 goals. The 9 appearances the player has made for Manchester City are for the Premier League.
He is confident that the club will continue scoring victories and will remain the champions of the Premier League if the rest of the team keeps working hard.
Guardiola Praised Haaland’s Late Win against Dortmund
Pep Guardiola went on to talk about the phenomenal play demonstrated by Erling Haaland in the recent match against Borussia Dortmund.
He stated that Haaland’s late winner actually showed the rest of the opposing clubs exactly how lethal the Norwegian player can be.
Given Haaland’s midweek performance versus Dortmund, Pep Guardiola was compelled to compare him to Johan Cryuff.
As per Pep Guardiola, this is not the peak performance for Erling Haaland. He is just 22 years old but he has learned a lot he still has room left for so much learning.
His game has been improving ever since he joined the team and the improvement will continue taking place. His qualities have been growing and improving both on an individual as well as on a team player level.
Guardiola Talked About Haaland’s Ambition
Guardiola also stated that he considers Haaland to be a unique talent and an exceptional striker. There may be many players who may be exceptional but given the age of Haaland, he has already achieved a lot.
He has proven himself to be a star player and this is all because of Haaland’s own ambition of becoming a better player on the field every day. Pep stated that he thinks Haaland will only get better with more appearances on the field.
Haaland’s Praise Worthy Performance at Dortmund
Prior to joining Manchester City, Erling Haaland was part of Borussia Dortmund. Even at the German club, the player had proven himself to be a strong player and a lethal striker.
In his 89 appearances for Dortmund, Haaland was able to score 86 goals for the team. The player’s performance at Manchester City has only been better, which means he is constantly improving.
In the first full month after joining Manchester City, Guardiola has become August’s Player of the Month. He earned the title having scored 9 goals in 5 games.
Pep Guardiola expects Haaland to turn into a prodigy and bring in more titles for himself and for the club.