Champions League: Guardiola speaks on Haaland’s future after Man City defeated Dortmund

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has said Borussia Dortmund star, Erling Haaland, was almost unstoppable during their Champions League quarter-final second-leg tie in Germany.

Guardiola explained that Haaland is a top-class player, saying the Norway international will be stronger in the future.

Phil Foden’s strike against Dortmund secured a place in the Champions League semi-finals for the first time under Guardiola’s leadership after Riyad Mahrez had equalised from the spot as Man City beat Dortmund 4-2 on aggregate.

The Premier League leaders will now face Paris Saint-Germain in the semi-final.

“I would say this player [Haaland] is almost unstoppable, and the best way to defend against these talented players is to not let them have the ball,” Guardiola said at his post-match news conference.

“They want the ball, they need the ball, so don’t [let them] have it. For that, we need to play good and try to let him live away from our box. It happened in both games.

“He is a player not [just] because he is fast, the quality of his first control, how he links with his mates, strong in the air and good finishing.

“He’s a top-class player, top class, and will be stronger in the future.”

 

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