Erling Haaland’s goal for Manchester City was part Johan Cruyff, part Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Pep Guardiola hailed Erling Haaland’s winner towards former membership Borussia Dortmund as a cross between Johan Cruyff and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Norwegian striker earned Manchester City a 2-1 win towards his former membership with an acrobatic end within the 84th minute — his thirteenth goal in simply eight video games since his summer season transfer to the Etihad Stadium.

Guardiola mentioned the goal invoked reminiscences of Cruyff and Ibrahimovic — whom the City supervisor appeared to sarcastically name a “pricey pal” after battle between the pair throughout their time collectively at Barcelona — and admitted it had glossed over a largely below-par efficiency from his staff.

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“Maybe the individuals who know me know the affect Johan Cruyff had on my life as an individual, a mentor and years in the past he scored an unbelievable goal in Camp Nou for Barcelona towards Atletico Madrid,” Guardiola mentioned.

“The second Erling scored I assumed it was fairly, fairly related. I keep in mind my pricey pal Ibrahimovic, who has this skill to place the leg on the roof, and Erling is kind of related in that.

“I feel it’s his nature, he’s elastic, he’s versatile after which has the flexibility to make contact and put the ball within the internet. I feel his mum and pop give him that flexibility.”

City didn’t register a shot on track within the first half and fell behind to a Jude Bellingham header shortly after half-time.

John Stones, enjoying at right-back, equalized with an unlikely 20-yard rocket after 80 minutes and Guardiola prompt afterwards that he was not happy with giant chunks of his staff’s efficiency.

“We weren’t in the best tempo,” Guardiola added. “The goal from John Stones. In the primary half John Stones didn’t shoot, however at that second we had been in the best rhythm.

“John was in the best rhythm and makes an distinctive goal. We can’t make the 60 or 65 minutes we play, we’re a special staff. It isn’t about successful or dropping, each day it’s important to carry out effectively. It is an effective lesson.”

Goalscorer Bellingham, in the meantime, was one in every of Dortmund’s standout performers, with the 19-year-old midfielder branded “an distinctive participant” by Guardiola after the sport.

“I feel we had been good for nearly all of the sport,” Bellingham mentioned. “We gave them little to work with. Their actually good gamers had been enjoying effectively, however they weren’t essentially killing us in harmful areas.

“I feel that is the place we had the benefit, and clearly nice groups, you give them a yard they usually can ship like that, they will damage you and that is what they did tonight.”


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