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Man City win Leeds United-Pep Guardiola believes Erling Haaland is not at his best despite two goals

Erling Haaland continued his incredible season in front of goal with a brace to help Manchester City cruise to a 3-1 victory at Leeds United on Wednesday, ensuring the champions closed the gap to Premier League leaders Arsenal to five points.


Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola says striker Erling Haaland has not yet regained his best form after an injury earlier in the season.

Man City win Leeds United-Pep Guardiola believes Erling Haaland is not at his best despite two goals
Man City win Leeds United-Pep Guardiola believes Erling Haaland is not at his best despite two goals

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Pep Guardiola claimed Erling Haaland is still not back to his best after injury despite scoring twice in Manchester City’s 3-1 Premier League win at Leeds.


Pep Guardiola claimed Erling Haaland is still not back to his best after injury despite scoring twice in Manchester City’s 3-1 Premier League win at Leeds.


Haaland struck two second-half goals after Rodri had given City the lead in first-half stoppage time and despite Pascal Struijk’s late header for Leeds, the result was never in doubt.


Norway striker Haaland has now scored 26 goals in 20 appearances for City in all competitions since his summer switch from Dortmund, including 20 in 14 top-flight appearances.

 

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes Erling Haaland is not at his best despite two goals


Pep Guardiola feels Haaland is only getting better

Man City win Leeds United-Pep Guardiola believes Erling Haaland is not at his best despite two goals
Man City win Leeds United-Pep Guardiola believes Erling Haaland is not at his best despite two goals

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Guardiola, whose side moved back up to second and closed the gap on leaders Arsenal to five points, said: "He misses chances, but the numbers are exceptional.


“He’s an incredible threat for us and always in the right position the right time, really good.


“I think he is still not at his best because of the injury, to move his huge body is not easy for him, but as much as he can play minutes, (he) will be better.



Man City win Leeds United-Pep Guardiola believes Erling Haaland is not at his best despite two goals
Man City win Leeds United-Pep Guardiola believes Erling Haaland is not at his best despite two goals

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Guardiola said Haaland, who joined City from Borussia Dortmund for £52.1m in June, has not fully recovered from a foot injury sustained in his side's goalless Champions League draw against his former club in October.


“I have the feeling he is not at his best,” Guardiola added. “It is a matter of time. Always an incredible threat for the opponent.


“Of course we are delighted, but that little (bit of extra) pace he had at the beginning of the season, he struggles a little bit.


“I am still more than satisfied, but the first part of the season he was sharper. He is getting better, incredible professional. He takes care of his body and mind.”



Guardiola: Grealish must block out negative thoughts


Jack Grealish misses a good chance

Man City win Leeds United-Pep Guardiola believes Erling Haaland is not at his best despite two goals
Man City win Leeds United-Pep Guardiola believes Erling Haaland is not at his best despite two goalsMan City win Leeds United-Pep Guardiola believes Erling Haaland is not at his best despite two goals

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City lost their last league match before the World Cup break to Brentford but dominated from the off in west Yorkshire, with Haaland wasting no time in having a first attempt at goal, seeing his effort to loft the ball into the net well saved after just 36 seconds.


Against the side they conceded 11 goals over two league matches last term, Leeds remained up against it as Haaland was presented with another golden chance to break the deadlock but he again could not beat Meslier.


The opportunities kept coming and going for City, but finally, with their 16th shot of the opening period alone, Rodri was on hand to stab the opener home.



Manchester City's Erling Haaland celebrates his first

Man City win Leeds United-Pep Guardiola believes Erling Haaland is not at his best despite two goals
Man City win Leeds United-Pep Guardiola believes Erling Haaland is not at his best despite two goals

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Alfie Haaland took 181 Premier League appearances to score 18 goals in the competition, but his son needed just 14 to overtake him, slotting home Grealish's pass six minutes into the second half to double City's lead.


Haaland then smashed the record for number of games needed to reach the 20 mark by converting another Grealish pass to make it three, reaching the milestone in seven games fewer than the previous record holder, Kevin Phillips.


Grealish was guilty of missing a couple of gilt-edged opportunities, and Guardiola said: "He got two assists but of course he has to score goals. The chances are there and it's a question of mentality. We've seen in the training sessions he has the ability to put the ball into the net. He's not a striker but he has the ability to do it. He can't have any negativity in his mind."



Marsch: We are making progress

Leeds boss Jesse Marsch spent time in charge of Haaland during his spell in charge of RB Salzburg and has seen the 22-year-old develop into one of the world’s leading strikers.


Marsch said: “I’m just really happy for him. In some ways watching him score is painful. I want him in a different kit.



Alfie Haaland took 181 Premier League appearances to score 18 goals in the competition, but his son needed just 14 to overtake him

Man City win Leeds United-Pep Guardiola believes Erling Haaland is not at his best despite two goals
Man City win Leeds United-Pep Guardiola believes Erling Haaland is not at his best despite two goals

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“But when you know some of these young men and you see their qualities as people, you just want them to be their best – just not against you.


“But, my gosh, I’m happy for him. He’s such a great person and I’m really happy for him.”

Leeds remain 15th in the table, two points above the relegation zone with a game in hand on most of their rivals, after their eighth league defeat of the season, which have all come in their last 12 matches.


Marsch, whose side play at Newcastle in three days’ time, added: “They (City) got three on the day, so to say it was great isn’t accurate, but you know when you play these games the opponents are so good.


“But we are making progress and we have to stay laser-focused on our process.”

 

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Date: 29/12/2022




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