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Pep Guardiola explains why he did not let Haaland score 6 goals vs RB Leipzig

Manchester City and RB Leipzig faced off on Tuesday evening.

The game kicked off with the score locked at 1-1 following the first leg in Germany.

However, the second leg was very much a one-sided affair. Manchester City put a staggering seven goals past Leipzig.

Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne got on the scoresheet, with Erling Haaland netting the remaining five goals.

Haaland broke a number of records on Tuesday, including scoring 30 Champions League goals in the shortest time and scoring the most goals by a Manchester City player in one season.

However, one record he did not break was most goals in one CL game. Haaland is now tied for 1st-place with Lionel Messi.

He could have scored a 6th on Tuesday as he had plenty of time life but Pep Guardiola subbed him off and has now explained why:

“He scored five goals. The problem is every time we don’t score two or three he will be criticised. This is the reality.”

Guardiola also praised Haaland’s all-round play that impressed him just as much as the five-goal haul, noting that he helped City’s supposedly defensive formation prove to be more attacking

“Most of the time, when he scores hat-tricks after 60-65 minutes I make a substitution,” Guardiola said. “Today he scored five but touched 30-35 ball contacts. This is what we’re looking for. When you’re involved in a game defensively, the ball comes to score goals you’re more clever, more precise. Gundogan scores goals, he can do it. Sometimes it’s his fault, sometimes he doesn’t move.

“For example at Crystal Palace he didn’t move, I said ‘you didn’t play good today’. Other days it is our fault, like in Leipzig we didn’t find him. Sooner or later we’re working a bit, everyone we try to make the process quicker.

“Once we break the holding midfielder we have to be quicker. People think it depends on the line-up we’ll play slowly, comfortable. The mentality is always been so so aggressive. Sometimes we cannot do it because the opponent is there.”

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