Guardiola praises Haaland as a scorer on par with Messi and Ronaldo

The manager of Manchester City claims that Haaland’s second goal was incredible since it is difficult to pick up a ball in the air and place it on grass.

Pep Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City, commended Erling Haaland for his goal-scoring prowess, claiming the Norwegian is comparable to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in this regard.

In City’s 4-1 victory over Southampton on Saturday, Haaland scored twice after coming off the bench to raise his season total to 44 goals, 30 of which came in the Premier League.

Haaland’s second goal, an impressive overhead shot from Jack Grealish’s cross, delighted Guardiola, who claimed that the striker’s performance altered the course of the match.

“Amazing play led to the second goal. Putting the ball on the grass from the sky is not a simple task,” AFP cited Guardiola. He worked with Messi for four years as Barcelona’s head coach.

“As a top scorer, we shared two amazing decades with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, but he is comparable. He consistently scores goals. I am delighted that he helped us once more for 65 minutes following his injury.”

Despite Haaland’s comeback, City struggled in the first half; however, after the break, they improved, and Grealish added a goal.

With the victory, City closes the gap to league-leading Arsenal by five points, while Southampton stays last.

Guardiola is more concerned with winning a treble of trophies than with City’s impending Champions League quarterfinal matchup against Bayern Munich.

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