Manchester City v Copenhagen: Pep Guardiola says ‘things that aren’t in statistics’ for Erling Haaland


Erling Haaland has scored three goals in his first two Champions League games for City

Erling Haaland is even better than his record statistics stated, according to his Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola.

The 22-year-old Norwegian striker has scored 17 goals in his first 11 games for City, including a Champions League home tie with Copenhagen.

“The numbers speak for themselves,” said Guardiola.

“In the locker room, and on the field, we see things that are not in the statistics, that make us happy to have him here.”

Haaland scored twice in City’s 4-0 win over Sevilla and then scored a late winner in a 2-1 win over his former club Borussia Dortmund.

He has scored 26 goals in just 21 Champions League games for Salzburg, Dortmund and City.

Haaland has equaled the record for most goals in the first 30 Champions League games – with just nine goals to go and breaking Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record.

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Copenhagen coach Jacob Neestrup, 34 and only appointed last month, said: “Obviously he is one of the best strikers in the world at the moment, if not the best, and we will do everything we can to limit his chances.

“But we’ll have to meet 10 other players as well. They’re one of the best teams out there.

“People talk about their big names, but I’m more impressed by them collectively.”

Right-back Kyle Walker is likely to miss the game in Copenhagen after picking up an injury in Sunday’s 6-3 win over Manchester United, while Rodri will undergo a physical on a calf problem.

“I spent last night and this morning watching Copenhagen,” Guardiola said on Tuesday. “They are really good, well organized and you have to be careful.

“You have to come back to reality [after the derby win] and we put our effort to win an important game. If we can get nine points from three games, we would be very close to the next stage.”

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