Pep Guardiola admits Real Madrid were successful in keeping Erling Haaland quiet

Pep Guardiola will be hoping Haaland can deliver in the second leg.

Pep Guardiola said Real Madrid were successful in keeping Erling Haaland quiet as Manchester City played out a draw at the Bernabeu.

Vinicius Jr started the game in Real Madrid’s favour and after the first half, it was Madrid who had the laugh. But, Man City late equalised through Kevin De Bruyne’s strike to keep the scoreline 1-1.

Now, Manchester City will host Real Madrid at Etihad in the second-leg Champions League semifinal. Man City will have a home advantage so it gives a slight edge to the Premier League champions.

All eyes were on Erling Haaland who has been outstanding this season for the club. His two efforts were saved early in the game. The Norway international had fewer touches than anyone else on the pitch, with half as many as Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

“The pockets and distances between the central defenders and full-backs was occupied for attacking midfielders,” Guardiola explained.

“For Modric, Toni Kroos and Valverde. Twin central defender close to Erling, it was not easy for him. He moved well and had his chances.”

City will be hoping Haaland can deliver in the second leg and add to his tally of 12 Champions League goals this season and 51 in all competitions.

“When we were better they score, when they were better we score,” Guardiola said.

“Tight, tight game. The Bernabeu in the semi-final, sometimes we had good moments and sometimes it was difficult with the quality they have on the ball. Final next Wednesday at home with our people.

“They are so demanding, with the experience and quality. We are travelling to Manchester and we will see what we can do better.

“When you play this kind of game it is like a play-off, so hopefully we can learn, defend better and attack better.”

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