Pep Guardiola: Erling Haaland critics silenced in Manchester City win

Manchester City news- Pep Guardiola responds to Erling Haaland criticism, offering support for the Man City striker amidst brutal views on lack of scoring goals

Manchester City v Brentford FC - Premier League
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Reigning champions Manchester City have been a formidable force as the Premier League giants aim for the sixth league title under manager Pep Guardiola.

City registered a 1-0 win over Brentford on Tuesday, with Erling Haaland scoring the only goal of the match in the 71st minute to continue the Sky Blues’ charge in challenging the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal for Premier League glory.

Haaland has been subjected to scathing criticism recently, with the Norwegian striker missing a host of chances against Chelsea last weekend.

Manager Pep Guardiola, in a resounding response to Haaland’s critics, explained why top strikers deserve unwavering support. He issued a strong defense of his star striker following City’s victory, informing that the past week has been really difficult for the 23-year-old as he encountered a family tragedy, losing his grandmother.

Speaking after the Premier League game, as reported by Daily Mail, Guardiola said:

"Top strikers score a lot of goals. Don’t criticise, because he will shut your mouth."

"Sooner or later, he is there. He was out for two months. He’s had an incredibly tough week, losing his grandmother."

"It’s not easy for a human being and he’s not in his best shape. In these types of games like Brentford, you need Erling."

Guardiola expressed relief at overcoming a resilient Brentford side, reflected on the team's progress toward the summit, and also pointed out how tough it was for them to win against Thomas Frank's men last season, resulting in back-to-back losses.

"Games like Brentford are really difficult for us, because you can break maybe in transitions like Liverpool did but there are not many spaces. Last season, we lost six points against them."

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With the match-winning goal at Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, Haaland has now scored against all 21 opponents he has played in the Premier League.

Haaland’s performance becomes a testament to City’s ascent in the Premier League race as Guardiola acknowledged the forward’s resilience amid adversity.

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