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Champions League: Haaland was almost unstoppable, says Guardiola after Man City defeated Dortmund

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has insisted that Borussia Dortmund star, Erling Haaland, was almost unstoppable during both sides’ ...


Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has insisted that Borussia Dortmund star, Erling Haaland, was almost unstoppable during both sides’ Champions League quarter-final second-leg tie in Germany.

Guardiola explained that Haaland is a top-class player, adding that the Norway international will be stronger in the future.

Phil Foden’s strike against Dortmund secured a place in the Champions League semi-finals for the first time under Guardiola’s leadership.

Riyad Mahrez had equalised from the spot as Man City shrugged off Jude Bellingham’s early opener to beat Dortmund 4-2 on aggregate.

The Premier League leaders will now face Paris Saint-Germain in the semi-final.

“I would say this player (Haaland) is almost unstoppable, and the best way to defend against these talented players is to not let them have the ball,” Guardiola said at his post-match news conference.

“They want the ball, they need the ball, so don’t (let them) have it. For that, we need to play good and try to let him live away from our box. It happened in both games.

“He is a player not (just) because he is fast, the quality of his first control, how he links with his mates, strong in the air and good finishing.

“He’s a top-class player, top class, and will be stronger in the future.”