Guardiola brands Haaland a ‘b******’ and claims Man City transfer target’s link-up play for Dortmund is ‘always perfect’

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PEP GUARDIOLA has called Erling Haaland a ‘b******’ for being ‘always perfect’.

The Borussia Dortmund striker, 20, set up Marco Reus for his side’s equaliser during Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final first-leg.

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Pep Guardiola called Erling Haaland a ‘b******’ for his ‘always perfect’ link-up play after Tuesday’s Champions League clash[/caption]
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Haaland set up Reus to score a potentially key away goal at the Etihad on Tuesday[/caption]

And after the game, Guardiola called Haaland – a summer transfer target for Manchester City – a ‘b******’ simply for being too hot to handle.

When asked if he was taken aback by Dortmund’s midfield press, Guardiola told DAZN: “No, not surprised.

“I faced them when I was at Bayern Munich and they played five at the back. 

“The rest of them play that system and the quality of [Mahmoud] Dahoud, [Jude] Bellingham and, of course, the pace of the people up front – the quality is there. We know it was. 

“But when you want to press they play long balls.

“They play long balls to Haaland – Haaland is a b******.

“His link-up [play] is always perfect and they have the pace so we knew it was not easy to control them.”

Man City ultimately ran out 2-1 winners but were indebted to Phil Foden for his stoppage-time winner.

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Just seven minutes earlier, Haaland had set up Reus to snatch a potentially crucial equaliser.

Incredibly, Haaland has now either scored or assisted on ALL six of Dortmund’s knockout stage goals in this season’s Champions League.

City are hotly-linked with a summer swoop for Haaland – who could cost upwards of £150million – to replace Sergio Aguero, who will leave on a free transfer in June.

Guardiola has distanced himself from the rumours, but Haaland set tongues wagging in the blue half of Manchester earlier this week.

The striker, whose dad Alf-Inge played for City, was overheard calling the Etihad Stadium ‘beautiful’ after seeing it for the first time on Monday.

Haaland was then spotted grinning ear-to-ear as he chatted with City ace Foden – with fans hopeful they were discussing a summer transfer.

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