Erling Haaland’s winner sealed a 2-1 win for Manchester City against Dortmund on Wednesday. This meant that City had won both of their opening fixtures in the UCL.
However, this is already the 4th time this season, City had to come back from behind to save a point or three. The club’s manager expressed his dislike for having to mount a comeback to register wins.
Furthermore, he compared Erling Haaland’s winner to Johan Cruyff. This was in reference to the one the Dutchan had scored against Atletico Madrid.
Pep said: “What a goal. I remember a long time ago in Barcelona Johan Cruyff scored one quite similar against Atletico Madrid. It’s nice Erling emulated Johan Cruyff.”
“We are used to doing it [comebacks] lately. I don’t like it,” Guardiola then admitted. “We played in the wrong gear today. No aggression. We were passive. The moment we changed rhythm with Phil [Foden], Bernardo [Silva] and Julian [Alvarez], we changed our pace and scored two excellent goals.
“I’m pretty sure the way were playing in the first half John [Stones] wouldn’t have had the courage to try it [his shot] but we had the rhythm and momentum and we said OK it’s going to happen. It was exceptional. I’m so happy for him.”
Guardiola also credited the performance of Dortmund, adding: “They are an exceptional team. We knew it. We weren’t good enough today. At the same time it’s always good to have that resilience – let’s go, let’s go, let’s go. Having Julian and Erling in the box, having that alternative, it works.”