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He reminds me of Lionel Messi - Pep Guardiola on Haaland



Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola has admitted that his side's summer signing, Erling Haaland that the Norwegian starlet posseses key traits with Lionel Messi.


This is on the back of Haaland's impressive Premier League debut against West Ham on Sunday in which the former Borussia Dortmund star netted a brace to give Manchester City their first win of the season.


Haaland scored a penalty in the first half of the match in London before latching onto a pass from Kevin De Bruyne and fired in another in the second half.


And despite that, Haaland was not satisfied with the two goals he scored, saying that he regretted not scoring a hat-trick on his Premier League debut.


Reacting to it, Guardiola revealed that Haaland's insatiable hunger for goals is a trait he shares with Lionel Messi.


"That's good, I like it," Guardiola said in a press conference.


"I was fortunate as a manager to be with Messi and when he scored two, he wanted three, and when scored three, he wants four."


"The top goalscorers are never satisfied, they are always hungry and starving and want more."

Haaland notched 22 goals in 24 appearances for Dortmund last term and did 27 in 38 outings in the previous year, but the Catalan manager insists that the team cannot be reliant on the striker for goals all the time.


"Erling scoring the two goals, it's important for him and the team and for us, and it's another weapon we have now," he said.


"But at the same time, he's not going to solve all our problems, he's going to add something to us as a team. That's what we are looking for."


"Today, the two goals, they were balls in front of the centre of defence and we had the feeling we could find him more."


"In the past we didn't have a reference like him and now have to do it again but at the same time, the guys have to put the ball there, especially in transitions."


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