Pep Guardiola: Erling Haaland cannot win the Champions League for City alone

Pep Guardiola has warned that Erling Haaland cannot be expected to win the Champions League alone for Manchester City.

City manager Guardiola hopes the prolific Norwegian can make the difference for his side as they attempt to finally win Europe’s top prize after several years of close defeats.

The 22-year-old has an impressive record of 23 goals in 19 games for his former clubs Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund, while he has also made a brilliant start at City.

Haaland has scored two hat-tricks since moving to City (Nick Potts/PA).

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Since his £52million move from Dortmund in the summer, Haaland has scored 10 goals in six Premier League games, including two hat-tricks.

Still, Guardiola remains cautious about expecting too much of him as he prepares for the start of City’s recent Champions League campaign in Seville.

The Spaniard told reporters at a press conference: “All the players who have come this season are trying to make us better, otherwise there would be no point in signing them.

“I don’t know if that will help us win the title, but if we rely entirely on Erling’s shoulders, we won’t win the Champions League.



If we rely entirely on Erling’s shoulders, we won’t win the Champions League.

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“We have to do well to help him create more chances and then he scores. Hope he can.

“He came here because we convinced him – we felt that we don’t have many strikers and he could play with us and try to be involved in our way of playing. He has settled in well.

“I completely understand that everyone is talking about Erling, but I have three, four, five new players and it’s the same for everyone to settle down as soon as possible.

The Norwegian was successful in Dortmund (David Inderlied/PA)

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“Hopefully he can help us, of course, but we won’t just win for Erling. He has a special quality and maybe in the important games he can solve our problems, but if we don’t play well we won’t win games in the Champions League or even the Premier League.”

City will be without defenders Kyle Walker and John Stones for Tuesday’s Group G game at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.

Right-back Walker was substituted in the final stages of Saturday’s draw at Aston Villa, while Stones also took a hit and was withdrawn after Monday’s training session.

Kyle Walker was forced out of the game in Spain through injury (Nick Potts/PA)

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With Aymeric Laporte also still recovering from knee surgery, Manuel Akanji, signed on deadline day, could make his debut.

Guardiola said of Stones and Walker: “Both are injured. So we’re lucky that the club gave us Manu Akanji, otherwise we’d have real problems. Therefore, the club quickly got another player in this position.

“We are in a difficult position but it is what it is, mainly because of this incredible schedule of many years. The players are human and cannot stand this demanding situation for long.”

Guardiola hopes none are seriously injured but isn’t sure when they will return just yet. Another summer signing, midfielder Kalvin Phillips, could be available in Spain after a break with a shoulder injury.

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