Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Why Pep Guardiola was ‘upset’ with Erling Haaland in Man City vs Southampton clash

Why Pep Guardiola was ‘upset’ with Erling Haaland in Man City vs Southampton clash

Pep Guardiola joked that he was disappointed in Erling Haaland for failing to score a hat-trick in Manchester City’s Premier League victory over Southampton.

Haaland scored City’s fourth goal after missing two or three good chances, including one in which he was one-on-one with Southampton goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu but fired off the post.

When discussing Haaland’s performance, particularly that first-half miss, Guardiola referred to a petition calling for his suspension from the Premier League.

“I’m so upset with him he didn’t score three goals, that’s why the petition is to sack him for the Premier League,” he joked.

“It happens [the first-half miss]. The expectation is so high people expect he’ll score three or four goals every game. In the end he was there to score it. He helped to keep the ball, fight. Erling played really good today too.”

Guardiola praised City’s general performance, saying they ‘behaved’ like he knows they can do, although he did point to misses from Haaland and other teammates to improve their taking of chances.

He said: “In general we played good, a team we struggled [against] last season, every time we played them. We changed a bit our setup and build-up.

“Much better, all the minutes played Bernardo and Rodri second half. We created chances, the people upfront could have been more clinical. It’s fine, after three days a game, the players react and behave again like who they are.”

Meanwhile, Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl discussed Haaland, claiming that City’s abundance of attacking options make defending difficult even if Haaland is kept quiet for long periods of time.

He explained: “The problem is that even if he’s not immediately scoring you have to be aware of him much more, the centre-backs are more fixed in the centre, it makes it harder for us in the press. You have to be very brave, we did it two times in the first half and gave them chances.

“It’s better to be early there and go early. We tried it today, it worked quite well but not always. It makes it harder, a fantastic striker and if he doesn’t do it the players around him do.”

Why Pep Guardiola was ‘upset’ with Erling Haaland in Manchester City vs Southampton clash