Haaland can break all records, says City boss Guardiola

Haaland scored twice in City's 3-1 win over beleaguered Leicester City to equal Mo Salah's record tally of 32 goals in a 38-game Premier League season

By Reuters

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Manchester City's Pep Guardiola with striker Erling Haaland. — AFP
Manchester City's Pep Guardiola with striker Erling Haaland. — AFP

Published: Sun 16 Apr 2023, 7:02 PM

Last updated: Sun 16 Apr 2023, 7:03 PM

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola praised his goal-scoring machine Erling Haaland on Saturday, saying the Norwegian's record-breaking achievements were good for the team.

Haaland scored twice in City's 3-1 win over beleaguered Leicester City to equal Mo Salah's record tally of 32 goals in a 38-game Premier League season.


"I want, I desire, he can break all the records as possible," Guardiola told a news conference. "That means he's scored a lot of goals, that means that helps us.

"But I think he wants to win the titles, to be there, and still we are there.


"But it's impressive, (we) still have to play eight games and he's close to breaking all of them."

Haaland, in his maiden Premier League season, could obliterate the record in the remaining games.

The 22-year-old striker also took the English football single-season scoring record in all competitions when he got his 45th goal on Tuesday in City's 3-0 Champions League quarterfinal win over Bayern Munich.

Haaland increased that to 47 on Saturday before Guardiola took him off at halftime, with the second leg versus Bayern looming on Wednesday. The popular player lingered long on the Etihad pitch after the final whistle however, waving and smiling at fans.

The Spanish manager said Haaland's response to sitting out the second half was "excellent as always", pointing out that his star striker was coming off a groin injury.

"You see his body language, his face during the game. He's like John (Stones), John and him come from injuries... and after 45 minutes, (it) was good for them to rest."

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