Guardiola refuses to answer question, but well aware of Haaland ‘quality’

Date published: Friday 19th March 2021 2:22 - Matthew Briggs

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola regards Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland as one of the best strikers in the world.

Quadruple-chasing City are set to come up against the highly-rated Norwegian after being drawn against Dortmund in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

“The numbers speak for themselves,” said Guardiola of the 20-year-old at a press conference. “He is one of the best strikers in the world right now for his age. I know the quality of this player.”

Guardiola did not wish to comment on reports linking City with a potential move for Haaland in the summer.

Guardiola said: “He is a player for Borussia Dortmund. I don’t like it when people talk about our players so I cannot answer this question.”

Guardiola will devote plenty of time during the upcoming international break to studying Dortmund.

He said: “It is a privilege to be in the last eight teams. I didn’t see much of them this season because we don’t have time, but in this international break will have time to see them. But Dortmund are always a good team.”

 

 

Guardiola’s immediate priority is Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final against Everton at Goodison Park.

He said: “It is a final tomorrow, away. The quality of their players is there, no doubt about it.

“But it is another incredible opportunity in a competition. It is the last game before the international break. Hopefully we can finish well and when we come back the important part of the season starts.”


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Pep praise for Ancelotti

Guardiola also spoke of his admiration for Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti.

He said: “I don’t know how many years he has been a manager, but it was at the best clubs in the world. In all the places he has had success.

“People talk about him as a manager and person and I know how he took care of me before I started. I visited him in Milan and he allowed me to see one or two training sessions.

“He was so kind. I admire him a lot.”

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