Pep Guardiola backs summer signing after struggling home debut

Erling Haaland needs time to adapt to the Premier League.

The Cityzens thrashed Bournemouth 4-0 this weekend to mark their second successive Premier League win.

Summer signing Erling Haaland failed to score on his home debut although he managed an assist for Gundogan’s opener.

Guardiola explains Bournemouth’s tactics kept him at bay on Saturday night.

He said: “The most difficult job in the world is when you are a striker against a [defence] with three central midfielders, three centre-backs and you are in the middle.

“We will find many of these situations but it’s a question of time. With the quality of player we have behind him [Haaland], we will find him.”

The manager further went on to praise his team’s performance.

“As a team we did a really good performance, a team that was well-structured defensively but also offensively.

“They have a good pattern for the build-up to attract you and after they link perfectly with the strikers, quite similar movement like Tottenham and defensively they defend so deep and narrow. We start really well, we did three or four corners in six or seven minutes, we had chances and after we score one and two and second half when they don’t want to press we just have to be patient. We make a really good performance.”

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