Guardiola: I did not expect Haaland to be so good inside the box!

Pep Guardiola says Erling Haaland’s instincts and movement inside the area have taken him by surprise!

The Norwegian striker has been in sensational form this season, scoring a remarkable 22 goals in 15 games across all competitions.

He returns to former club Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday evening for our latest UEFA Champions League clash - with City knowing that a win will seal top spot in Group G.

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Guardiola says he knew how powerful Haaland would be in transitions – but says the No.9's ability to find space against a deep lying defence is more impressive than he could have imagined.

He said: “What has impressed me is that I knew he was a guy for big transitions and over 30 or 40 metres he was unstoppable.

“But I didn’t know how good he moves in small spaces in the box. In the end he has scored a lot of goals because he moves really well.

“He is so intuitive and especially he makes movements I like a lot, as a striker, he goes away from the action to after be close to the ball.

This type of movement is not easy for a striker. He's so smart in the right moments to make these movements.

“Apart from that, his work ethic, he’s one of the first to arrive at the training centre, quite similar to Ruben [Dias], and is one of the last to leave.

“He takes care of his body perfectly. He's well educated in the way he has to live as a professional and I think has the intention to be better.

“Of course, he’s scoring a lot of goals, and we are happy that last season he had a lot of problems here in Dortmund, he could not play regularly.

“This season, thanks to our physios, doctors and so on, he's being treated really well and he can play every three or four days.

“This is so important for us and for him, of course.”

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DOrtmund v City

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