Guardiola Reacts To Haaland- Messi Comparisons. Pep Guardiola has warned that comparing Erling Haaland to Lionel Messi “doesn’t help” because the two players are so different.
Even Haaland’s most ardent supporters were taken aback by his performance under Guardiola. The Norwegian international has 14 goals in his first eight Premier League appearances.
The City star is now poised to break a slew of all-time records. However, Guardiola appears to believe that this does not imply that Haaland and Messi are comparable players.
“The people who compare Erling with Leo, I think we don’t help,” Guardiola said. “How many ‘new Messis’ appeared in the world of football since I started? Ten, 15?
“Always you fail. Erling has to do his own career, his own job. He’s a different player.”
Haaland scored twice more in the Champions League on Wednesday as City thrashed Copenhagen 5-0.
Although Guardiola claims he has no issue addressing questions about the starting striker, he feels that if the player were playing somewhere else, the attention might have been troublesome.
“For me, it’s OK,” Guardiola said. “We’re fortunate that the guys who are here accept it perfectly. At other clubs, other people, would not like it.
“Here they are delighted. We have Kevin [De Bruyne] who is an exceptional person and is happy to have him, because both know they can be better playing alongside [each other].
“The same for all of them. We don’t have incredible players who say, ‘Why do they always talk about just him?’.
“This is why it’s a joy to train this type of players.”