"Thank you for choosing us": Guardiola glad Haaland plays for City amid petition to ban him
The Spanish coach spoke about the petition that jokingly ask the Norwegian to be banned, and he's glad he's doing it for City
Erling Haaland is playing at a level that could make a mockery of the entire Premier League, and people want him to stop. With the Norwegian endangering every goalscoring record in the English top flight, a petition has gone live asking the British governament to ban him because he "is a robot" has gotten almost 2 million signings by now, but Pep Guardiola appreciated the joke.
Since joining the Sky Blues from Borussia Dortmund in the summer, Haaland has scored an astounding 19 goals in just 12 appearances, including three hat-tricks in just eight Premier League games, with his third hat-trick coming in last Sunday's 6-3 triumph over Manchester United.
Now, at least two internet petitions have appeared in the last week asking for the expulsion of Haaland from English football because of how unfair it is for the other teams to have him play, and one of them has reached almost 2 million supporters. Even Manchester City centreback Aymeric Laporte joined the fun on twiteer, and at a press conference on Friday, Guardiola lauged at the online trend.
"Yeah, it's a joke", replied the Spanish coach when asked about it, "it's a joke, it's good. He has an incredible sense as a striker he goes one second before the ball arrives. These types of player, how can a manager teach him? It is impossible".
According to Pep Guardiola, Erling Haaland has such "unfair" advantage because he's a born goalscorer, but he's glad he's doing it in a Manchester City shirt: "He is a natural. He did it in Norway, Austria [with Red Bull Salzburg], he smells it. Thank you for choosing us [Haaland] we are fortunate to have this talent".