Copenhagen coach reveals the two Man City players he wants to stop

FC Copenhagen coach Jacob Neestrup has said he doesn’t need advice on how to close down Manchester City striker Erling Haaland.

Ahead of the first-leg Champions League round 16 tie between Copenhagen and Man City, Neestrup was asked whether he has consulted with his Norwegian players Mohammed Elyounoussi and Birger Meling about how to stop Haaland.

He responded: “I don’t have that, because Elyounoussi just has to concentrate on scoring goals, and Birger Meling hasn’t played a football match for three months.

“I am the head coach and I am the one who decides. I took it myself. I also watch football and I have a staff, so I haven’t asked them about that.”

Neestrup also spoke on plans to stop Haaland and midfield star Kevin De Bruyne.

He said: “There is no conclusion on that. Because no matter how skilled you are, you will never, ever be able to shut down the two over time.

“But for us it’s about making the rooms as small for them as possible and knowing their characteristics – both De Bruyne and Haaland.

“If we shut down those two, then there are about seven or eight other players, we have to remember to shut down afterwards too. They are two really, really good players, but there are also a handful of others at an absolutely top level.”

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