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Pep Guardiola responds to Roy Keane’s claims that Erling Haaland is a ‘League Two participant’


Manchester Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola has hit again at Roy Keane for claiming Erling Haaland’s normal play is “nearly like a League Two participant”.

Keane delivered a scathing criticism of Haaland on Sky Sports activities after his underwhelming efficiency in Sunday’s 0-0 draw towards Premier League title rivals Arsenal.

Forward of Metropolis’s assembly with Aston Villa on Wednesday evening, Guardiola was requested for his ideas on Keane’s feedback and sought to defend his star striker.

“I’m not agreeing with him,” Guardiola said. “It is like I stated: ‘He is a supervisor for the second or third league ‘ I do not assume so’. He is the very best striker on this planet and helped us to win what we received final season, and the rationale why we do not create many probabilities just isn’t due to Erling. We performed an distinctive sport towards Arsenal.

“I reviewed it – we simply missed extra folks within the last third, possibly for the standard and completely different expertise we’ve got. I’m shocked it [the criticism] has come from former gamers. From journalists I perceive, as a result of they’ve by no means been on the pitch.”

After it was identified to Guardiola that Keane’s feedback had been about Haaland’s different contributions and a extra rounded ahead like Julian Alvarez could supply extra up entrance, he added: “You’re proper, possibly if Julian can be there, Phil [Foden], Kevin [De Bruyne], Oscar Bobb, for instance. They like to maneuver of their positions [more]. However it’s what it’s.”

Haaland leads the Premier League scoring charts once more to date this season with 18 targets, whereas he has additionally chipped in with 5 assists. He ended final season with a document 36 league targets plus a modest eight assists.