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Guardiola Accepts Blame For Haaland’s Form

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has accepted responsibility for Erling Haaland’s lack of involvement in their recent matches.

Haaland was ineffective in the 1-1 draw with Leipzig in the Champions League on Wednesday, where he had just 22 touches and one shot at goal.

He has only scored once in his last six matches.

“It’s our fault,” Guardiola told a news conference on Friday looking ahead to this weekend’s Premier League trip to Bournemouth.

“Erling has been good all season. It’s not metrics, when I finish the game one second later I know if he was involved or not and who should be involved more or not. I don’t need numbers or metrics I know exactly.

Haaland has scored 32 goals in all competitions for Manchester City this season.

“Yes of course, it depends on us. We need to look for him a little more. Striker is the most difficult position, one man has two defenders (around him) and with Erling it’s more. It’s fine (if he’s frustrated), I’m frustrated too. Happiness is overestimated!”

Manchester City failed to maintain their advantage over Arsenal after playing out a disappointing 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest last week.

“When I got here everyone warned me this is not the same as Spain or Germany, welcome to the UK,” Guardiola added. “Unfortunately, it’s been a two horse race but now finally there is more.”

Guardiola also confirmed that Kevin De Bruyne will be available for selection after missing the Leipzig match.

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