Pep Guardiola has labelled Erling Haaland as a ‘b*****d’ to defend after the Borussia Dortmund superstar caused plenty of problems for his Manchester City side on Tuesday evening.
While Haaland did end up on the losing side in the first leg of this Champions League quarter-final clash, Guardiola was full of praise for the Norwegian striker, claiming his link-up play was ‘always perfect
When asked if he was surprised by the Dortmund press, Guardiola told DAZN: “No, not surprised because I faced them when I was at Bayern Munich and they played five at the back.
“The rest of them play that system and the quality of [Mahmoud] Dahoud, Bellingham and, of course, the pace of the people up front – the quality is there. We know it was.
“But when you want to press they play long balls. They play long balls to Haaland – Haaland is a b*stard. Link-up [play] is always perfect and they have the pace so we knew it was not easy to control them.”
Guardiola’s comments have got some Man City fans talking, who took to the social media to express yours thoughts and opinions.
Did pep just call Haaland a bastard😂 ..Man wants him at all cost
— K.O👊 (@kelvin_Obika) April 7, 2021
Man legit called him a bastard 😭😭😭
— Ｗａｐｏｒｔｅ (@Waporte_) April 7, 2021
“…but he’s our bastard, and we can’t wait to see him in sky blue.”
— Four Four Blue (@Four_Four_Blue) April 7, 2021
Said the same about Bernardo when we played Monaco 😂. He deffo wants him
— يوسف🇪🇷 (@kric_97) April 7, 2021
Lol what? Pep has lost the plot 😭
— ⁹ (@JesusRoIe) April 7, 2021
Lets sign him and our squad getting complete
— sentosabahari (@sentosabahari8) April 7, 2021
City have been heavily linked with a move for Haaland as a number of clubs reportedly looking to tie a deal up for the Norwegian this summer.
The Dortmund’s striker tops City’s list of replacements, who will have to beat off competition from the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus among others for his signature.