HomePREMIER LEAGUEPep Guardiola differentiates between Erling Haaland and Lionel Messi.

Pep Guardiola differentiates between Erling Haaland and Lionel Messi.

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Pep Guardiola differentiates between Erling Haaland and Lionel Messi.

Pep Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City, mentioned Erling Haaland in relation to Lionel Messi.

Pep Guardiola praised Erling Haaland’s behavior off the field while discussing Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola compared his striker to two modern-day greats in a broadcast interview following his team’s 4-1 win over Southampton, prompting further discussion in his press conference. He made it clear there that Haaland had only done for a season what the duo had done for two decades, but he has seen enough from the 22-year-old to believe he can at least try to take their mantle.

Guardiola stated that Haaland has a similar mindset to Messi, but cautioned him that he must avoid injury if he is to match the achievements of the two great forwards. While Messi will always be number one in Guardiola’s eyes, the manager has stated that Haaland brings him more smiles.

“Haaland is always happy, always smiling,” the mayor said. “Messi scored two but not three and was disappointed that he didn’t get the third!” Erling is always in a fantastic mood.

“Even when people said he couldn’t adapt at the start of this season, he arrived at training with a big smile and said hello to everyone.” He has had a huge impact off the field as well.” Every day in practice and in the locker room. I have the impression that he is overjoyed with us.

“He never complains about [being taken off]. He respects me a lot.

“After Burnley he was injured and couldn’t play against Liverpool so we know him and have to take care of him. He can score important goals and win games.

“He is going to play 90 minutes but with this amount of games every three days and you have anaother weapon in Julian [Alvarez], who is always ready. That’s why it is a big boost for us.”

Pep Guardiola differentiates between Erling Haaland and Lionel Messi.

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