Man City boss Guardiola backs Haaland to break Dean's record
Erling Haaland is now the stand-alone leader for goals in a single Premier League season as Manchester City picked up pace in the second half to comfortably beat West Ham 3-0. The Norwegian was joined by Nathan Ake and Phil Foden on the scoresheet, putting Pep Guardiola’s side one point above Arsenal with a game in hand. Here, Express Sport takes you through four of the main talking points from City’s latest triumph…
Erling Haaland breaks another record
The City striker has shattered all sorts of landmarks during his first season in the Premier League, but setting the new standard for goals in a single campaign has been in his sights for a while.
His deft chip over Lukasz Fabianski made it a staggering 35 goals in the league alone this term, moving him ahead of English football legends Alan Shearer and Andy Cole – both of whom notched their respective 34-goal totals in an elongated 42-game season.
Frighteningly, the 22-year-old still has five more games in which he could add to his already monstrous total.
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Pep Guardiola ‘exasperated’ on touchline
The tension is only going to increase for Man City as they wade further into the business end of the season. Guardiola is well aware that rampant support will be needed to carry his players through as challenges in the FA Cup and Champions League beckon, and he let that be known against the Hammers.
With the hosts cruising at 1-0 during the second half, Guardiola reportedly ‘let his frustrations with the crowd be known’. The former Barcelona boss revved them up with a sequence of ‘exasperated’ arm movements that boosted the volume, although he will hope that those in attendance can do that under their own steam in the coming weeks.
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Pep gambles and comes up trumps
With every point crucial in the Premier League title race, Guardiola made a massive call by resting Ederson and Ilkay Gundogan on Wednesday night. Along with a demanding domestic run-in, City have a daunting two-legged clash with Real Madrid to contend with and the manager evidently wants to make sure that his key players remain in top shape.
The Hammers’ visit to the Etihad was evidently viewed by Guardiola as the best time to gamble with a slightly weakened starting XI, and although David Moyes’ side gave as good as they got in the first half, class eventually shone through for the home side and they came through unscathed.
Shades of Sterling and Silva
Amid a disappointing performance from Riyad Mahrez, the bulk of City’s attacking play came down the left-hand side, where Bernardo Silva and Jack Grealish combined to resemble another devastating duo that used to grace the Etihad.
Raheem Sterling out wide and David Silva in the left channel used to be a nailed-on route to success for the Sky Blues, and it will be a huge boost for Guardiola to have two of his stars – among a host of others – performing at such a high level this deep into the campaign.
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