Guardiola admits “City did not have to add anything to Erling Haaland”

Fri 16 September 2022 | 14:51

Haaland was named Premier League's Player of the Month in his first month as a Manchester City player as he scored nine goals in five outings during August. However, Man City boss believes his club can't claim any credit in Haaland's process as he hails the Norwegian as an "exceptional striker".

Erling Haaland

was named the

Premier League’s Player of the Month

after the Norwegian scored nine goals in five outings during his first month in the

Premier League

. His tally includes back-to-back hat-tricks in

Manchester City

's victories over Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest.

Scoring a brace against


before helping City to complete their 2-1 comeback victory over his former side,


, with a magnificent goal, the Norwegian also had an outstanding performance in the Champions League. However, Man City boss

Pep Guardiola

believes his club did not have to "add many things" to the former Dortmund striker praising the Norwegian for his level.

Ahead of their Saturday Premier League game against


, asked whether 22-year-old Haaland is already the perfect forward,


told his press-conference:

"He's an exceptional striker, I said many times.

"But the age he is, I think his ambition is he wants to be better, and he will be better. He's a perfect person, a nice guy, this is the most important.

"With the quality he had before he came here, he has just continued to do what he has done. We didn't add many things."


Guardiola is impressed by

Bruno Lage

's work at Wolverhampton as the coach tried a more possession-based style of play at the club.


It's a completely different team than it was the previous seasons, they played five at the back with [Conor] Coady, now they decide to play with four,

" Guardiola said.

"I'm really impressed by the way they play, their position in the table is because football is unpredictable and sometimes you don't get what you deserve. They have a lot, a lot, of good things.

"They are one of the toughest opponents we've faced in the last seasons, and tomorrow will not be an exception. We had less recovery, so we have to be mentally prepared. Otherwise, it will be difficult.

"Give credit because what I've seen is completely different to previous seasons, [they would] sit back, just defend, have that transition with Adama [Traore], [Pedro] Neto.

"They still have that, but they added a completely different approach to the past. I respect Wolves a lot for what happened in the past but especially now for what they are trying to do."


Diego Costa

completed a summer transfer to Wolves as City will be the first club to face the fiery forward. Guardiola added:

"Diego Costa has had an incredible career here and in Spain, we know his quality. We'll adapt in case he'll play."


new chairman

Todd Boehly

suggested a prospective Premier League all-star match this week. With

Jurgen Klopp

already criticizing the idea, Guardiola refused to be drawn on the debate.

"I don't have an opinion, not at all,"

Guardiola said.

"If they give me the dates they will play, it should be nice. But I don't have an opinion."



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