Carragher claims Haaland may have ‘picked the wrong club’ after Man City lose to Tottenham
Jamie Carragher thinks Erling Haaland may have “picked the wrong club” in the summer after Man City lost 1-0 to Tottenham on Sunday.
Harry Kane’s record-breaking goal was the difference between the sides as his scuffed first-half finish moving him beyond Jimmy Greaves’ tally to make him Spurs’ all-time leading scorer.
Haaland, who joined Man City in the summer from Borussia Dortmund, had a frustrating afternoon in north London with Pep Guardiola’s side struggling to hit top gear.
And Carragher reckons Haaland may be in the “wrong club” to get the best out of him despite scoring 25 Premier League goals in 20 appearances this term.
“I think we’re only seeing 60 per cent of Erling Haaland,” Carragher said on Sky Sports. “He’s come from Borussia Dormund and a counter-attacking league where it’s end-to-end, you see that blistering pace he’s got, but we don’t see it [now].
“He may have actually picked the wrong club to get the best out of him. We’re not seeing everything of Erling Haaland.
“He’s scored 25 league goals but Manchester City as a team have scored the same amount of goals, but they’ve conceded more and it’s far easier to counter-attack them as well.
“They’re a different team and a lesser team with Erling Haaland in the team, but it’s not his fault.
“Manchester City as a team will not play end-to-end football, it’s not Pep Guardiola’s way, they build up slowly, push the opposition back to the edge of the box and play from there.
“Erling Haaland will still score 25 league goals but we’re not seeing the full package of what this player can do because of the team he’s gone to.”
Man City boss Guardiola insisted after the match against Tottenham that there is a long way to go in the Premier League title race but conceded they had missed an opportunity to close the gap on Arsenal.
Guardiola said: “Yes, of course, Arsenal have dropped few, few points so far and of course there was an opportunity.
“It was important to be close and leave the fifth in the table that Tottenham is right now far away, to secure the qualification for the Champions League next season that is important for many reasons.
“The team started really, really well with many, many things, creating one or two set-piece chances, but after a mistake we did two weeks ago, today we did it again and of course you have to minimise it, but sometimes it’s not possible.
“Unfortunately it’s happened. Two weeks ago we were able to come back with a more difficult scoreline than 0-1 (to win 4-2).
“But of course the stadium and everything is completely different. There were a lot of interruptions in the second half and it was more difficult.”
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