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Pep Guardiola praises Messi and dwarfs Haaland

Published:3/10/2022 - 16:31h

Updated:3/10/2022 - 16:31h

Pep Guardiola has come out against the comparisons of Erling Haaland with Leo Messi. For Santpedor, one of the main differences between the two lies in the degree of dependence on the rest of his teammates in the field

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Undoubtedly, one of the big protagonists of the past weekend in the return of the activity in the main European Leagues has been Erling Haaland, the one who signed a 'hat-trick' in the victory of the Manchester City in the derbi mancuniano. However, in the back analyses in cold of the commitment, Pep Guardola has been careful in his praises to the Norwegian.

In his back statements to the crash, the one of Santpedor has avoided 'wet' with the comparisons between the Norwegian and Lionel Messi, to the one who directed during his go through the bench of the FC Barcelona, warning that the Argentinian had a greater capacity to generate game individually: "The difference is that perhaps Erling needs to all his mates, whereas Messi fixed he only".

The posture of the míster also could be based in the moment that crosses the career of the player that arrived the summer happened from the Borussia Dortmund. Haaland Grieve has 22 years and all an important series of challenges by in front, whereas Messi already is a player consolidated in the elite, winner of multiple titles and distinctions to level of clubs and selections and statistical that allow him codearse with the best footballers of the history.

Another of the reasons by which the ex technical culé would have avoided to do this type of comparison could be due to the difference of the roles between both players. Although Messi also was used to to have a big backrest from the centre of the field with Xavi and Iniesta or from the band in association with Jordi Alba, his functions were distinct to the ones of Haaland, more oriented to the ending of the played of attack.

The best party of Haaland, according to Pep

Even so, the trainer has recognised that the party of the Norwegian in front of the 'network devils' has been the best that has seen since this landed in Manchester: "Has some incredible instincts. They come of his parents, was born with this. I say it many times and I will say it again: what is doing Erling did it in Norway, Austria and Germany, but what more liked me was the last stretch of game; it was much more involved and is what want".

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