ON THE HANDLING OF PRESSURE OF THE '9'
Guardiola's strange response to Haaland: "I'm not sleeping with him!"
Published:13/08/2022 - 19:27h
Updated:13/08/2022 - 19:27h
Erling Haaland has had a rough start to the season with Manchester City. Despite his double last week against West Ham, the number '9' has been somewhat erratic, before which Pep Guardiola came out in his defense with a strange phrase
Pep Guardiola did balance on the first parties of Erling Haaland in the Manchester City. Questioned by the initial performance of the Norwegian, the Catalan technician used an odd sentence to refer to the form how the '9' is lidiando with the pressure that supposes to be the new star of the group 'skyblue'. "I am not me putting to bed with him!, but what see in the session of training is that it was calm after the Liverpool and of the West Ham", said the míster in the previous to the crash in front of the Bournemouth (4-0).
After the interrogantes of the 'Daily Mirror' by the inefficiency of the player of 22 years in his first official parties, Pep considers that "in the moment in that it do not mark goals, will say that maybe it is not good. It seems that the end of the world sucederá. In the bad situations all goes bad; but it is necessary to be calm in the bad moments and the best teams keep positive", commented.
Besides, it added that "Haaland is a forward of first level and, if you put the names of the best forwards of all time to this age, regarding quantity of goals, is the best, but still is young", explained the trainer of the 'cityzens'. For Pep, the important is that Erling seats comfortable inside the field, but also that it can touch more the balloon, that participate and was not so fixed in the area as '9'.
"If it wants to go down it can do it. It links well with his mates, gives extra passes and is near of the area, where has to be to mark goals, as Julián (Álvarez). To all the players likes them be in contact with the ball", detailed the míster. The Saturday, Haaland answered to the request of Pep with an assistance to İlkay Gündoğan to open the marker in front of the Bournemouth, showing that, little by little, goes fitting better in the diagram of the 'citizen'.
The praises of Pep for Haaland
For the moment, to Pep sees it to him very satisfied with the performance and, especially, the attitude of the Norwegian. To the Catalan technician likes him more play without referent of area, but this does not want to say that it do not like him have a '9' in his team. "Erling tiene A big smell of goal, but what more impresses me is that it is very polite, humble, that speaks a lot with the young players, no only with the important. Always it is speaking. It has adapted well like Julián Álvarez and the rest of players", putnualizó Guardiola.