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Haaland makes City a more complete team, says Rose

Haaland makes City a more complete team, says Rose
RB Leipzig boss Marco Rose believes Manchester City have become a more complete team in 2022/23 following the signing of Erling Haaland.

The Norwegian was on target once again in our 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at the weekend, taking his personal tally to 34 goals in all competitions this season.

His numbers have been equally impressive in the Champions League ahead of our Round of 16 second leg, where he has found the net five times in as many matches.

And Rose, who’s Borussia Monchengladbach side faced us at this stage of the competition in 2021/21, sees this current City side as a more difficult proposition thanks to the attacking versatility that Pep Guardiola can use with Haaland in the team.

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He explained: “Erling Haaland is one of the top number nines in the world. Of course, City played last year more with the false nine but, for me. they’re much more difficult to play now because you don’t know.

“They play deep, or they play short, they have more possibilities. They can use Erling as a wall player or send him in deep spaces.

“For me they’re more complete now. If gets [more] used to what Pep wants, it could get really good for Pep and Manchester City.”

Rose also paid tribute to City boss Pep Guardiola, describing him as one of the game’s finest managers.

Indeed, for all of the Catalan’s success at both the Etihad Stadium as well as Barcelona and Bayern Munich previously, he insists that the boss’ qualities go beyond his on-pitch achievements.

“We’re talking about one of the best coaches in the world,” he said.

“It’s not just about results in football as a coach, it’s about performances, improving payers and a Club. I think that’s what he’s always done and is doing here.

“In the end, I really wish him to win the competition, but maybe not this year!”