Wed 15 March 2023 | 8:56

Guardiola insists Haaland alone won't win Champions League for Manchester City

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes his team did not lack a player like Erling Haaland in the Champions League.

Manchester City

defeated Leipzig with seven goals in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 round on Tuesday. Guardiola’s side managed to knockout Leipzig 8-1 on aggregate.

Erling Haaland

managed to score five goals in this match to equal Lionel Messi's record of scoring five goals in a Champions League game.

After the game,


insisted Man City’s problem in Europe have been conceding a lot of goals and Haaland’s arrival will not make the difference for them in this competition.

He told BT Sport:

"I don't think so. The reason why is we conceded a lot of goals that we gave to the opponent.

"We scored four goals against Real Madrid, we scored six goals against Monaco, we scored four goals against Tottenham, and all the time we were out, because we conceded the goals. We could absolutely avoid it.

"Right now, we defended really well. The goals we have scored all the time in all the seasons.

"But of course having someone like Erling, like Julian [Alvarez], like we had with Sergio [Aguero] before or Gabriel [Jesus], who has the instinct to score the goals... in this competition, in one moment, he can score. It's important."

Haaland now has scored 30 goals in 25 games in the Champions League - quicker than anybody in the history of the competition. He also became the youngest player to reach 30 Champions League goals.

The Norwegian star could become the first man to net a double hat-trick in the Champions League game, but Guardiola substituted him 27 minutes to the end.

”It was five in 60 minutes, no more than that. If he played 90 minutes... I don't know,"

Guardiola said.

"He's an incredible guy. He has the power, the mentality, he's a serial winner."

source: SportMob

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