Guardiola Hails Haaland, Excited By Alvarez Combination

Guardiola Hails Haaland, Excited By Alvarez Combination
Erling Haaland #9 of Manchester City — Photo by [email protected]

Erling Haaland continues to amaze in the English Premier League with his 11th goal in seven games as Manchester City won 3-0 at Wolverhampton on Saturday.

City boss Pep Guardiola was full of praise for the 22-year-old Norwegian who has enjoyed a stunning start to life in England since his off-season move from Borussia Dortmund.

Haaland scored City’s second goal against Wolves, who were reduced to 10 men in the 33rd minute after Nathan Collins’ poor tackle. Jack Grealish had opened the scoring in the first minute, with Haaland adding the second on the quarter hour. Phil Foden rounded out the scoring in the 69th minute.

The Norwegian put in a full shift, joined by Julian Alvarez in attack when the Argentine came on for Bernardo Silva in the 71st minute, with Guardiola impressed by both.

City’s lack of genuine strikers was regularly a point of criticism last term, but those issues seem long gone.

“We have two prolific strikers in Erling and Julian, and this was the second time I’ve seen them together in the last minutes and I like it,” he said.

“They can bit a little more aggressive. I have to say, the previous season we scored a lot of goals - a lot - we always had the ability to score a lot of goals.

“But the quality we have in the box right now and its nice to have two players who have the ability to score goals and create chances.”

Elsewhere on Saturday, Newcastle United could only manage a 1-1 home draw with Bournemouth, while Leicester City’s woes worsened after a woeful 6-2 hammering from Tottenham for whom Son Heung-Min came off the bench to score a hat-trick.

Ben somerford
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