Pep Guardiola rejected criticism of Erling Haaland’s transfer after the dramatic 3-2 win against Aston Villa and the associated title win in the Premier League. “I have no doubts about that,” said the Manchester City coach when asked whether the Skyblues’ style of play suited the Norwegian.
There has been a lot of discussion in recent weeks about whether the BVB striker would fit Guardiola’s requirements. “I hear he’s not going to adapt well to the way we play, so I want to ask, ‘What is our way of playing?’ I’m pretty sure those who doubt don’t even know it,” claimed the Catalan.
The 51-year-old is “pretty sure” that the transfer will work and that Haaland will fit in well with the system. “In order to make a realistic assessment, I have to work with him first,” said Guardiola.
The goalscorer should have time for that. “If it takes weeks, great. If it takes months, great. He doesn’t come for two or three months, he comes for many years,” said the former Bayern coach: “So if he needs more time, we will To give him.”
Pep Guardiola: ‘We will try to help him’
“We will try to help him and I’m sure he will try to help us. I have no doubts about that,” said Guardiola. First of all, the 21-year-old should “enjoy his vacation, prepare well and arrive injury-free to work and play with us.”
In the past Premier League season, Kevin de Bruyne was the Citizens’ top scorer with 15 goals. Haaland scored 62 times for BVB in 67 Bundesliga games.
Man City signed the striker thanks to an opt-out clause from Borussia Dortmund. The transfer fee should be between 60 and 75 million euros, the total package with earnest money, salary and payments to consultants is probably several hundred million euros. The expectations of Haaland are correspondingly huge.