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Man City boss Guardiola - Haaland is only continuing his goalscoring legacy.

Updated: Oct 14, 2022

Pep Guardiola heaped praise on Manchester City's hitman Erling Haaland, saying the Norwegian is doing what he knows how to do best - scoring tons of goals.

The 22-year-old registered his third Premier League hat-trick on the bounce at the Etihad Stadium as the Cityzens thrashed Manchester United 6-3.

Haaland's treble on Sunday has taken his goal count to an outstanding 17 goals in just 11 games for Guardiola's City side.

'He has incredible instincts. It comes from his mum and dad,' says Guardiola

“I say it many times and I will say again - what Erling is doing he did in Norway, Austria and Germany,” Pep said as Man City's official website quoted.

“The quality we have alongside him helps him score, but what he is doing I didn't teach him.

“He has incredible instincts. It comes from his mum and dad. He was born with that.”

When asked whether Haaland is the best striker he has ever coached, the ex-Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss answered: “I have had incredible centre-forwards in my career.

“What I like was in the last period of the game, he was involved. I want him to be involved. He became a player to score goals, but I want him in contact with the ball.

“I like him being part of those situations. But of course, he has to put the ball in the net, and he is a fantastic striker.”

Guardiola also declared that he will give Haaland a rest from time to time to keep him in perfect shape.

“He will take a break,” he added. “There will be games he is not going to play.

“We are lucky, last season he could not play many games in a row - here we have incredible physios and thanks to them, he can play every 90 minutes. They are so important - with their hands, they allow players to play.”

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