Guardiola advises Haaland ahead of new season

Haaland scored 53 goals last season

By Web Desk
August 11, 2023
Pep Guardiola (R) also praised Erling Haaland (L) - AFP

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has advised his star striker Erling Haaland ahead of new season.

City will kickstart their Premier League campaign with a match against Burnley later today.

Haaland scored 52 goals last season, while also breaking multiple record, but Guardiola has urged the Norwegian to not play under the weight of expectations.

“I would say Erling didn’t need the second season, maybe one Community Shield game to realise, no more than that. I will advise him don’t put too much pressure on the goals,” Guardiola explained.

“I said to Erling come back your best and try to be your best physically and mentally. If you score, fine, if you don’t score, fine, try to improve your details and qualities and skills in the spaces to be a better player.

“And if the team is going to help you to give you as many chances as possible to score the goals, this is what I want him to do.

“I don’t want Erling to score 50 or 60, try to be happy like he was last season, relax and try to get back your best after holidays and Asia, you still need a bit more time.

“Training better, every game demand yourself to make an effort and then the goals will come naturally, don’t force it.

“But you have to do something, him and everyone for the situation to happen. You can’t wait for it. You have to do something, the chances, defend well, score goals, not concede, save, set pieces, we have to do something to make it happen.”

City won the a historic treble last season which includes title wins in the UEFA Champions League, Premier League and the FA Cup.

It was only the tenth occasion a European side has won a treble, with City joining Celtic (1967), Ajax (1972), PSV Eindhoven (1988), Manchester United (1999), Barcelona (2009 and 2015), Inter Milan (2010) and Bayern Munich (2013 and 2020).