Pep Guardiola: Erling Haaland has improved a little bit, he can improve better
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Manchester City will have a difficult task in the match against RB Leipzig. Pep Guardiola's team wants to win. The Champions League trophy is what they are missing, and we have no doubt that they will do their best to reach the final and lift the trophy.
Pep Guardiola commented on the performances of Erling Haaland, whom he believes can do much more at the moment. “I don’t like one player just to be in the box to score goals,” said Guardiola, as quoted by eurosport.com “Of course, it’s so important [but] it’s not all we need of him.
When we are away from the opponents’ box and he cannot score a goal we need him to be involved and be active.
We have to take a look at him, and he has to be involved in what we are doing.
And we can improve. [He has improved] a little bit, he can improve better”.
Kevin De Bruyne on Erling Haaland performances
Kevin De Bruyne, probably the most important player on the team, commented on the performances of Erling Haaland.
The Norwegian doesn't score goals like he used to, and the Belgian explained the possible reasons for that; "I think it's a little bit of everything but I don't think it's more different than in the beginning," De Bruyne said.
"Other teams are maybe more anticipating his runs, but there's always a first part and a second part of the season.
There's a lot more going on, teams are more organised and play for more at both ends of the table.
People are more prepared in every sense and maybe he was also a little bit more prolific when we got the chances but we don't need to complain about Erling in any way.
If you see the Crystal Palace game he had two or three chances, I don't think there's any issue but people are always anticipating he will score two or three goals where probably his average is a goal a game." De Bruyne believes that there are no problems and that Haaland is a great striker, from whom much is expected.
"He seems fine to me.
In the last few years people would say there is not enough presence in the box or deep runs and now people say the opposite. In the beginning of the season when everything was going in and we were winning a lot there was nothing going wrong and then when you lose a few points it's different.
I don't think there's any issue. I've not heard anything from the team or Erling or anyone else I know."