Manchester City repeated its victory over Dortmund with the same score, with two goals to one in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals, to qualify for the semi-finals for the second time in the club’s history.
“Haaland will become unstoppable in the future,” Guardiola told reporters after the match.
He continued, “The best way to defend against these talented players is not to allow them to own the ball and we must keep him out of the penalty area.”
He justified, “not only because he is fast, but because he is very good at the first touch and is good at communicating with other players and ends chances in a distinctive way that he will become stronger in the future.”
Regarding Dortmund player Jude Bellingham, Guardiola said with a laugh: “I cannot believe that he is 17 years old who would lie.”
As for qualifying for the semi-finals, Pep said: “I am very happy for the club, the president and the system as a whole. This club does not have much history but we are trying to build it.”
The Spanish coach criticized what his team suffered in recent years when it was excluded from the tournament, “This is a wonderful tournament, but it is not fair.”
“We are condemned to failure as soon as we get out of it,” he justified.
And he added, “Today we got a penalty kick for a handball, and on another day it might not have been counted. We left the competition against Tottenham because of a handball that was not counted.”
City can still win four championships this season, and he said: “I will not talk about the quartet. We will deal with each match individually.”