Wed 05 October 2022 | 21:53

Guardiola decided to rest Haaland Copenhagen game's second half

Manchester City vanquished Copenhagen 5-0 and Erling Haaland scored a brace for his side before the break, when Pep Guardiola decided to rest the Norway international.


Erling Haaland

pulled another impressive performance off in Manchester City’s thumping 5-0 victory over Copenhagen as he scored the opener for the Premier League champions early doors. He then made City’s lead 2-0 with his 32-minute goal. David Khocholava, Riyad Mahrez, and Julian Alvarez all met the back of the net for City.

Pep Guardiola

, the Man City boss, decided not to play Haaland in the second half of the game as he wanted to rest the Norwegian, despite the player being ready to play.

“Erling Haaland was ready to play the second-half vs Copenhagen tonight, but it was better to rest him,”

said Pep Guardiola.

"He [Erling Haaland] played a lot of minutes, 3-0, and Cole Palmer's a top-class player. @ErlingHaaland, what he wants is the same as all of us, to win the game. We need everybody involved."

Regarding the release clause of Real Madrid for Erling Haaland, the City boss said:

"Not true, no release clause for Real Madrid or any team. Not true, what can I say? I have the feeling he is incredibly happy at #ManCity and we will try with him/others to make him happy."

He then went on to comment on Cole Palmer, who he thinks is a top-class player.

Pep Guardiola:

"Cole Palmer is a top class player who I am looking forward to seeing play..."

The City manager also reflected on Julian Alvarez’s performance and the goal he scored for City against Copenhagen.

"All of us were very happy with the goal he scored and the way he played. He is a little bit behind Erling but it is normal. @ErlingHaaland is special. We rely on him a lot and against the team that defends so tight he helps us a lot."


source: SportMob

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