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Guardiola revealed Haaland’s injury. Mancity worried about him.

Guardiola reveals Haaland ligament damage as he explains striker’s absence against Leicester

 

WHAT HAPPENED? Julian Alvarez was handed a rare start at the King Power Stadium as Manchester City’s first-choice No.9 was not fit to be involved. Explaining Haaland’s absence, Guardiola pointed to a foot ligament injury he picked up against his former club in the Champions League.

WHAT HE SAID: Asked by the BBC when Haaland might return, Guardiola said: “I don’t know. He has ligament damage. He feels better, we have one more week.

“He won’t play against Sevilla because we’ve already qualified and hopefully against Fulham he can help us. If not he might play against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup.”

THE BIGGER PICTURE: The absence of the Premier League’s top goalscorer didn’t affect his side’s progress in the East Midlands. Kevin De Bruyne took on the mantle and scored a sublime free-kick to earn the champions all three points against a resolute Leicester side.

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WHAT NEXT FOR HAALAND? Whether he is fit or not for the visit of Sevilla in the Champions League in midweek, Guardiola may choose to extend the Norwegian’s rest. However, Manchester City will want him available for next weekend’s Premier League clash with Fulham.

If Haaland’s a monster, De Bruyne’s an alien! Winners, losers & ratings as Man City’s brilliant, beautiful Belgian sends them top

 

No Erling Haaland, no problem. If you’re missing a superstar that can make a difference, just send for another one.

Kevin De Bruyne has been a Manchester City matchwinner ever since Haaland was still a fan watching at the Etihad Stadium.

It was the Belgian’s moment of brilliance that made the difference in a tight 1-0 victory over Leicester City.

His unstoppable second-half free-kick dipped and kicked beyond Foxes’ keeper Danny Ward to secure the three points that moved them above Arsenal for 24 hours at least.

The Winners

Kevin De Bruyne:

An easily forgettable game will be remembered for one moment of genius.

Clear opportunities were difficult to create as Leicester defended deep, and winning a free-kick 25 yards’ out represented a decent sight of goal.

Still, it needs something special and particularly against a goalkeeper in Danny Ward who had not conceded in more than five hours and was starting to look unbeatable.

Up stepped De Bruyne with a perfect strike that deviated in the air before smashing into the inside of the post and across the line for a crucial breakthrough.

The man is just incredible.

Ederson:

Just as crucial as De Bruyne’s brilliant goal was a stunning save from Ederson less than 10 minutes later.

Leicester had a gameplan for any dead-ball positions around the box and it almost worked to perfection.

Youri Tielemans, who scored with a spectacular strike at Wolves last week, connected perfectly with a volley on the edge of the box from James Maddison’s corner.

But Ederson managed to stretch out his fingers to touch the ball onto the bar and deny a second moment of Belgian brilliance.

Pep Guardiola:

Erling Haaland has made such an impact, today was a nice reminder that City are capable of winning without their talisman.

Leicester didn’t make it easy with an ultra-defensive approach so missing a striker like Haaland that can find space in a telephone box was always going to be a blow.

But Guardiola guided City to two titles without a recognised striker so it was a return to a patient style of play rather than searching out a central focus.

City dominated possession and got the goal they needed to take a familiar spot at the top of the Premier League.

Source: Goal

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