Pep Guardiola: ‘Erling Haaland does not need my advice to score goals’

Pep Guardiola insists that Manchester City’s Erling Haaland will quickly rediscover his goalscoring form after missing nine chances in Saturday’s 1-1 home draw against Chelsea on Saturday.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has insisted that he is not the right person to give goalscoring advice to Erling Haaland after the striker missed several chances in Saturday’s 1-1 home draw against Chelsea.

Haaland has scored 21 goals in 27 appearances for the Citizens across all competitions this season, including a Premier League-high 16 strikes, but he endured a frustrating evening in front of goal against Mauricio Pochettino‘s side at the Etihad Stadium.

Indeed, the Norwegian striker failed to convert any of his nine attempts throughout the 90 minutes, most notably missing two headers from close range either side of Chelsea’s opener scored by ex-City man Raheem Sterling on the stroke of half time.

Man City only registered five of their 31 shots on target against the Blues, but they managed to rescue a point seven minutes from time courtesy of a thunderous 20-yard strike from Rodri.

Although Haaland was not at his clinical best, Guardiola was able to take positives from the striker’s performance and believes it will not take long before he is banging in the goals once again.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola reacts on February 17, 2024© Reuters

“Next time he’s going to score,” Guardiola said at his post-match press conference. “I was a football player and I played 11 years and scored 11 goals.

“One goal a season. These are my stats. So I’m not a proper man to give advice about the striker and what they have to do.

“We create the chances, he had the chances and in the next game he is going to score. Absolutely [I believe that]. It’s football, he’s a human being.”

Guardiola has criticised Man City’s first-half performance in the draw with Chelsea, but Rodri was pleased with the team’s “spirit” to salvage what could prove to be a precious point in the title race.

“I think we weren’t great in the first half, to be honest,” Rodri told reporters as quoted by mancity.com. “We conceded another easy goal. I think we have to defend better. They almost created nothing in the first half.

Manchester City's Rodri celebrates scoring their first goal on February 17, 2024© Reuters

“We knew about [Chelsea’s] counter-attacks and fast players, but I think we have to defend the counter-attack better. We have to be honest with ourselves. From there, it’s always more difficult to come back.

“We gave everything I think, the example is the second half, we played amazing. It wasn’t enough. Of course, it’s more easy when you score first, that is what it is, but it’s a matter of defending better.

“We tried in the second half. We made chances, [we had more] spirit, we wanted the ball and wanted to take risks.

“It was in our hands and we have to do better individual actions and you can’t let the game go this way. I’m not blaming anyone but we have to take responsibility if we want to win the league.

“We had chances to win and I felt the momentum but sometimes it’s a bit frustrating and the ball doesn’t go in.”

Man City, who have slipped to third in the Premier League table and sit four points behind leaders Liverpool who have played a game more, will look to return to winning ways when they play host to Brentford next Tuesday.

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