After two defeats in a row, Pep Guardiola has defended his recently inconspicuous star striker Erling Haaland. According to the team manager of the English champions Manchester City, his team is currently “in the process” of integrating the Norwegian even better: “Of course, if the opponents get stuck in the sixteen, it’s difficult,” said Guardiola, but admitted: ” We need to find him more often.”
City lost the Manchester derby 2-1 to local rivals United on Saturday and suffered a severe setback in the fight to defend their Premier League title.
Haaland, against United in the third game in a row without a goal, only had 19 ball contacts. Among other things, ex-national player Dietmar Hamann then said that City was “a better team” without the Norwegian.
However, the fluctuating performances of his team are less due to individual weaknesses than to an “inconsistency in the results”, said Guardiola. “We were present the whole time,” said the Spaniard, “I could clearly see my team.”