Pep Guardiola: He’s so important for us, I can’t deny the influence

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Pep Guardiola accepts Erling Haaland has given Manchester City an added dimension this season but believes City’s hopes of progression in the Champions League relies on being solid in defence.

“He’s so important for us, I can’t deny the influence,” Guardiola said about Haaland.

“It’s the same he can of course help us here in Champions League but also at the same time to win the Premier League and FA Cup too.

“It’s important to have a player from nothing who scores goals but we have scored many goals for many years.

“Monaco, we scored six and were out, Spurs four and out, Madrid five and out.

“We scored many but maybe weren’t solid enough. We scored with a false nine, Sergio [Aguero], David [Silva], Erling [Haaland], wingers too. We always scored goals. It wasn’t a problem in general.”