Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, says striker Erling Haaland’s hat-trick was no surprise in his side’s Premier League comeback win over Crystal Palace on Saturday
Guardiola said Haaland earned his goals by remaining focused during a quiet first half against Crystal Palace.
Guardiola’s men came from 2-0 down at half-time to beat Crystal Palace 4-2 at the Etihad Stadium, thanks to Bernardo Silva’s goal and Haaland’s three goals.
Speaking at his post-match press conference, Guardiola hailed Haaland, saying his reliability in front of goal means Man City will always have a chance in games even if they fall behind.
“I would say thanks to me for my brilliant ideas, but I would say Erling has done this since he was born,” Guardiola said of Haaland’s hat-trick.
“Always has done this in his life, at Salzburg, BVB (Borussia Dortmund), always scoring goals. These teams who defend deep he has an incredible sense of goal. The three goals, especially the last one, the first one as well, good goals.”
He added, “I will tell you the numbers, we scored a lot of goals in previous seasons. It was different from the quality of the players we have, but we scored lots of goals.
The problem we have now is we concede a lot, before was not the case. We have a lot of time. Right now we struggle to do the uncomfortable things we have to do but still don’t do it. It is important to learn the lesson, win the game.”