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Erling Haaland scored twice as Manchester City beat West Ham in the Premier League


Aug-07 23:56 first published at 23:56 PM

Pep Guardiola said Erling Haaland was born to score goals after Manchester City’s new striker helped the champions begin their Premier League title defense with a 2-0 win over West Ham. City won 2-0 at the London Stadium thanks to Haaland’s two goals. The Norwegian admitted that missing out on a hat-trick was “a bit shit,” but Guardiola was overjoyed with the former Borussia Dortmund player’s performance. “He’s been here for five years,” said City’s manager. “Hopefully, he’ll stay for this period and beyond.” We want all of the new guys to be happy and at ease in the city and on the team. And push him a little harder.” He’s a guy with incredible talent who puts up impressive numbers, but we’d like to see him improve his game. Not just a guy who scores goals, which is crucial, but we want to do everything we can to help him become a better player. He was destined to score goals.” Guardiola, who did not apologize for taking Haaland off in the second half, responded sarcastically to criticism of the 22-year-old following City’s Community Shield defeat to Liverpool. “He couldn’t adapt in the Premier League a week ago,” he said. “He’s now up there with the best, Titi [Thierry] Henry, Alan Shearer, and Cristiano Ronaldo.” Haaland displayed impressive conviction when he won and converted the penalty for City’s first goal. “I saw how he dealt with a lot of criticism this week, and he was really calm and trained really well,” Guardiola said. “But I liked the way he took the ball to take the penalty.” He’s blunt, and if someone steals his ball, he’ll punch one of his teammates in the face. I’m fairly certain of it.” Haaland promised to keep improving and chastised himself for failing to convert an Ilkay Gündogan cross. “It was a good beginning,” he said. “There’s not much else to say except that it was 2-0.” It was good to get some legs in early in the season, and we need to keep going.” It’s about the connections we make every day in training and practice to improve ourselves, and this will come. Also, it’s been nearly 30 minutes since I scored my last goal, so I have to keep going.” David Moyes praised Haaland’s performance. “We’ve all watched him from afar,” West Ham manager David Moyes said. “He appears to have the potential to be an outstanding player.” He ran the same way he did against Liverpool.” Moyes admitted that City had outclassed his team. “They were fantastic. They completely outdid us tactically today, in my opinion. They played differently than they did at the end of last season, with both full-backs playing as midfielders.”

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