Manchester City played a great match against Newcastle United, but they still fell short of the maximum 3 points. The result at the end was 3:3. No one could have expected that Newcastle United would put up such strong resistance.
They looked compact, ready. One of those who impressed City fans is Erling Haaland. The Norwegian scored again and showed that he is in great shape. Pep Guardiola was happy with the performance of Erling Haaland. What was noticeable was that Haaland had much more ball in his foot, and was looking for the ball.
Guardiola prepared the tactics brilliantly. “When he drops a little bit, five or 10 metres, we are playing with a false nine,” Pep Guardiola said, as quoted by manchesterworld. “Sometimes it happens and sometimes he makes the spaces.
Last season when Bernardo played as a striker, a false nine, he played there because we needed a striker and it is not a problem. Today we found him [Erling] more because Newcastle is more open, [we had] the space to do it.
He had the goal, he had another one or two clear chances. Step by step he is helping us”.
Pep Guardiola on Erling Haaland
Journalists were interested in why Erling Haaland is so fit, and Guardiola had an interesting statement.
"Good food, good rest. People say the apartment he’s bought has a good bed,” the Catalan joked. “Nothing special. What is important is he doesn’t have niggles. Last season he didn’t play 90 minutes because he was injured.
The physios and doctors did an incredible job since he arrived to avoid injuries. “Now he has one game a week. I tell you now when we have games every three days that Erling will not play, I will play Julian [Alvarez]”.
There are high expectations from Haaland for the rest of the season. The Norwegian showed what kind of talent he is in Dortmund and Salzburg. He quickly got used to the Premier League and already has 3 goals on his account.
If Haalan continues at the same pace, he could very easily become the best scorer in the league. Manchester City has the same ambitions and that is the title. It won't be easy, but the team has quality and experience. Guardiola knows how to play big matches.
It seems that their main goal is the Champions League, which they lack the most. With this team, they can certainly do that.