Pep reveals concerns about the ex-BVB star |
Haaland played despite fever!
He is hardly satisfied with this Ruhrpott return!
At the 0-0 from BVB against Manchester City, striker superstar Erling Haaland (22) remained in a Champions League appearance for the first time this season without a goal of his own.
Even worse for him: After just 45 minutes, the game was already over for the Norwegian. At halftime, coach Pep Guardiola (51) replaced the ex-Dortmunder with Bernardo Silva (28).
Until then, the gate machine had remained surprisingly harmless. During his brief appearance, Haaland only touched the ball 13 times and did not fire a shot at the goal of BVB goalkeeper Gregor Kobel (24).
After the final whistle, Pep declared Haaland’s substitution. The Norwegian was struggling with a fever!
Pep on “BT Sport”: “Erling didn’t feel good. He had a bit of a fever before the game. Joao (Cancelo, ed.) too. He had a hit on his foot and I saw how tired they were and we always have big problems at that stage.”
Next to Haaland Cancelo also left the pitch at half-time. Ex-Dortmunder Manuel Akanji (27) took his place. After the double change, City came into play better after a weak first half.
In the 58th minute, the English champions had a great chance of winning away. After Emre Can fouled Riyad Mahrez in his own penalty area, the Algerian started from the point himself.
However, Kobel was able to parry his poorly shot penalty. lucky for him BVBthat Haaland was no longer on the pitch at the time. Haaland is actually City’s penalty taker and converted his two penalty attempts this season without any problems.
On the other hand, the rate of Haaland representative Mahrez was worse: After the missed shot in Dortmund, he was only able to convert one of three penalties this season.