Pep Guardiola warns of overreliance on Erling Haaland as Man City seek first-ever Champions League title


Pep Guardiola insists Manchester City cannot rely on Erling Haaland alone as they seek to become European champions for the first time.

City’s new striker is on fire in the league having scored ten goals in just six Premier League appearances since joining from Borussia Dortmund in the summer.

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Pep Guardiola warns of overreliance on Erling Haaland as Man City seek first-ever Champions League title
But Guardiola doesn’t want City’s hopes pinned on their shiny new striker
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Guardiola believes it’s up to all of his players to play if his side are to succeed this season, and they can’t just look to Haaland.

“All the players are trying to make us better, otherwise it makes no sense,” he told reporters on Monday.

“This [a group collective] helps us win titles, I don’t know. If we all rely on Erling’s shoulders, we won’t win the Champions League. We try to create chances for him to score goals.

“We convinced him to come here, we felt we didn’t have a lot of strikers. Try to get involved in the way we play. He’s settling in well like Julian [Alvarez] and other players.

“I understand that everyone is talking about Erling but I have three, four, five new players and it’s important that they all settle in. We don’t win just for Erling and we don’t lose just for Erling.

“He has a special quality and might be able to solve some problems. If we don’t play well, we won’t win games. »


Pep Guardiola warns of overreliance on Erling Haaland as Man City seek first-ever Champions League title
Haaland has scored 10 goals so far in six Premier League appearances for City
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Sky Blues travel to Andalusia to take on Julien Lopetegui’s men at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan on Tuesday night, live on talkSPORT, in their Group G opener.

John Stones and Kyle Walker will miss the trip through injury, Guardiola has confirmed.

Right-back Walker was sent off in the latter stages of Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Aston Villa in the Premier League, while Stones also received a knock.

“[They are] injured. John [Stones] it’s not much, ”added the boss of the city.

Pep Guardiola warns of overreliance on Erling Haaland as Man City seek first-ever Champions League title
Stones and Walker did not travel to Sevilla due to injury
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” Kyle [Walker] it’s not much either, but I don’t know if it will be ready for Saturday, or [Borussia] Dortmund or Wolves before the international break.

The pair’s absence could see Manuel Akanji’s signing deadline come in on his City debut.

Midfielder Kalvin Phillips has traveled to Spain after a shoulder injury and could also feature.

Guardiola expects a tough encounter despite Sevilla’s poor form.

Pep Guardiola warns of overreliance on Erling Haaland as Man City seek first-ever Champions League title
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Julen Lopetegui’s side, who finished fourth in La Liga last season, picked up just one point from their first four games.

“Spanish teams are always so tough – they’ve dominated for the last 15 years,” added the City boss.

“We have to be prepared because they will be aggressive.”

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