Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said that Erling Haaland’s spectacular winner against Borussia Dortmund helped him remember his goal of the past, the great Johan Cruyff.
After Dortmund had stifled the creative threat for eighty minutes at the Etihad, Haaland missed to the extreme to gymnastically turn home Joao Cancelo’s heavenly move to complete yet another exceptional round for City.
The feat was Haaland’s 13th goal and the most relevant indication of an incredible promotion campaign for City so far and the Norwegian’s domestic and international fortunes.
Guardiola, who had a few stats on the nature of Haaland’s strike, advised BT Game: “What a goal. I remember Johan Cruyff scoring a very comparable goal against Atletico Madrid in Barcelona in the past. It’s great that Erling copied Johan Cruyff.”
The Spaniard, in any case, turned out to be less rich with his aspect’s presentation, with an elaborate show that allowed Dortmund to start % leading through Jude Bellingham shortly after the hour mark. With City closing in, John Stones made something of an equalizer sooner than Haaland’s winner.
“We are used to doing this [comebacks] recently. I have to deal with it,” admitted Guardiola. “Today we performed some unacceptable things. There is no animosity. We were not involved. Second, we changed the music with Phil [Foden]Bernardo [Silva] and Julian [Alvarez]we changed our pace and scored two extraordinary goals.
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“I’m almost positive I’m playing in John’s dominant half [Stones] he would not dare to attempt it [his shot] but we had the musicality and the pressure, and we said, well, it’s going to be a rehearsal. It became unusual. I am very happy for him.”
Guardiola similarly noted Dortmund’s display, including: “They are a very good institution. We knew that. We weren’t good enough today. At the same time, it is remarkable to have this power in any case – we have to go through, to move, as much as we have passed. Having Julian and Erling involved, having this other option, works.
City currently top Group G with a convincing four-nil win over Europa League pundits Sevilla on matchday one.