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The latest on Erling Haaland & Joao Cancelo following Manchester City vs Dortmund

Manchester City took on Borussia Dortmund in a Champions League clash on Tuesday.


Manchester City only needed a draw to secure top spot in their group if results elsewhere went their way.

And that it was City managed, holding the German outfit to a 0-0 stalemate on the day.

Both Erling Haaland and Joao Cancelo were subbed off at half-time of the match.

Speaking after the game, Guardiola confirmed fatigue was the reason behind the early switch for the duo of Haaland and Cancelo:

“Erling had a little bit of a fever before the game, Joao too had a knock on his foot,” Guardiola said.

“I saw him tired, Joao as well, so that’s why we changed it. In that period we struggled a lot.”

Manchester City had a chance to win the game from the spot in the second half, but Riyad Mahrez once again missed.

On City’s awful penalty record under him, Pep had this to say:

“We will see what happens,” Guardiola said. “Of course it’s a problem - we have missed 24 or 25 penalties [since Guardiola joined], most of them in the Champions League and it’s too much,” Guardiola said.

“I admire the courage to take penalties but this is a problem and we have to improve. These are the little margins in this competition. Last season he scored a lot in important moments, here when we got to the semi-final. I admire the courage but of course we have to improve.”

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Josh Barker

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