On the eve of Manchester City-Dortmund in the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League (Tuesday, 9 p.m. on RMC Sport 2), Pep Guardiola was again questioned about Erling Haaland. If he did not want to evoke a possible interest in the Norwegian striker, the Catalan technician admitted to being in admiration.
Almost twenty years after his father Alf-Inge’s stint with the Citizens (2000-2003), will Erling Haaland wear the sky blue jersey next season? It’s a possibility. While his agent Mino Raiola is in the middle of a European “tour”, the English club has in any case been cited among the potential destinations for the Norwegian prodigy, even if he already has internal options to replace Sergio Agüero.
But in the meantime, it is in the skin of an opponent that the young center forward will appear Tuesday night at the Emirates Stadium, on the occasion of Manchester City-Dortmund in the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League ( 9 p.m., RMC Sport 2). And Pep Guardiola, of course, knows that he will have to be wary of him.
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“He can score with his right foot, with his left foot, on a counter-attack, in the box, with his head …”
“Can we recruit him? I don’t know, it’s a question for his agent, for Dortmund”, first evacuated the Catalan technician at a press conference. Before greeting the center-forward: “I understand that you ask it today, yesterday and tomorrow, because he is an exceptional scorer. He is 20 years old, but the figures speak for themselves: he can score right foot, left foot, counterattack, in the box, head … Even a blind person would realize that he is a fantastic player, no need to be a coach “.
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To stop him, Guardiola uses logic. “It’s mathematical: scorers are more likely to score in the box, notes the Spaniard. The fewer minutes they spend in the box, the less likely they are to score …”