Self-proclaimed ‘freak’ Haaland gives Guardiola same label; says his system is ‘really complicated’

Date published: Saturday 10th September 2022 2:43 - Jason Soutar

Erling Haaland and Pep Guardiola celebrate a goal

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is a “football freak” who “thinks of everything”, says Erling Haaland.

This summer, the Norwegian striker joined City from Borussia Dortmund for £51million.

He has started the season quite well.

The 22-year-old has scored ten in his opening six Premier League appearances and bagged a brace in his only Champions League appearance for the club.

As I say, quite well.

Haaland’s start to the season has not taken too many by surprise given the fact he scored 86 in 89 for his former club.

Speaking to Telemundo Deportes, Haaland has discussed his manager, Guardiola.

The Spaniard has been extremely successful since moving to England and it is really unfair that Haaland has joined a team that has won four league titles in the last five years.

The young striker has been very complimentary of his new boss, saying he is “a bit of a football freak like me”.

“I think he’s a kind of a bit of a football freak like me,” Haaland said.

“We both love football and yeah, he was a player now he’s a manager and yeah, he’s crazy about football and this is something I like because he thinks of everything in football, and how you can do things better, and this is what I like about [him].

“It’s been good so far [settling in]. You can see with the goals and how we’ve been playing.

“It’s a really complicated system and I’ve been going in the team and trying to get it [the tactics] as quick as I can because there is no time.

“I cannot waste time doing anything else. So I’ve been trying to go into the team as quick as I can. It’s a nice system, a really complicated system, but it’s really nice.”

Speaking earlier this week, Guardiola insisted Haaland can not guide City to their first Champions League title on his own.

“All the players that came in this season, they try to make us better, otherwise (signing them) would make no sense,” he said.

“If that is going to help us win the titles, I don’t know, but if we rely all on Erling’s shoulders we are not going to win the Champions League.”

The Premier League champions are yet to taste defeat this season, but it is unclear when they will next be in domestic action.

Their match against Borussia Dortmund at the Etihad next week is likely to go ahead after their game against Tottenham on Saturday was postponed.

All of this weekend’s Premier League and EFL fixtures will be played at a later date following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

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