Pep Guardiola insists he is ‘not concerned’ following Erling Haaland’s missed chances in Manchester City’s Community Shield defeat to Liverpool.
City were below their best in a disappointing performance at the King Power Stadium, as the Premier League champions fell to a 3-1 defeat in the season’s traditional curtain-raiser.
Haaland made his debut for the Citizens, but produced a wasteful performance in front of goal as the summer signing missed a series of chances.
His missed opportunities included blazing over when well placed late on with the goal gaping, but Guardiola insists he is not worried by Haaland’s performance and says the goals will come for the Norway international.
“He’s strong. Another time he will put it in the net,” Guardiola said, as per The Guardian.
“It’s football. He was there … He had another goal disallowed [in the game] because the ball was out, so he has this talent and the will do it. He had chances – two or three in the first half and one at the end.
“Always, he was there. He fought a lot, and made the movements. It is good for him to see the reality in a new country and a new league but he was there. He didn’t score. He has incredible quality and he will do it.
“I’m not concerned or worried. I’d have been happy to win and him to score goals but the reality is we have 11 months ahead of us that are so intense – with the World Cup we [will soon] play every three days – and he is going to help us.”
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