Pep Guardiola rules Erling Haaland OUT of Man City’s Champions League clash against Sevilla and says he ‘doesn’t want to take any chances’… but reveals the striker ‘feels better’ and hopes to face Fulham again on Saturday
- Erling Haaland will not play Sevilla on Wednesday, says Pep Guardiola
- The coach does not want to risk the striker, who suffered a foot injury last week
- Haaland missed Manchester City’s narrow 1-0 win against Leicester on Saturday
- Guardiola hinted that there will be several changes in the team against Sevilla
- The Spaniard is hopeful that Haaland will face Fulham again this weekend.
Pep Guardiola has ruled out Erling Haaland for Manchester City’s Champions League clash against Sevilla on Wednesday.
The Premier League champions, who have already sealed qualification for the round of 16, were without their Norwegian talisman against Leicester on Saturday because he suffered a foot injury against former club Borussia Dortmund last week.
Despite admitting Haaland was “feeling better” ahead of the midweek clash at the Etihad, Guardiola insisted the striker was not worth taking a chance on.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insisted that Erling Haaland will not play against Sevilla
The Norwegian talisman injured his foot during City’s 0-0 draw against Dortmund last week.
The Spanish coach said: ‘For tomorrow he (Haaland) is not available.
Feel better. Compared to Saturday, Sunday, Monday, every day feels better.
‘Not 100% yet, we don’t want to take risks. Hopefully we have it against Fulham.
Haaland enjoyed an explosive start at the Etihad before getting injured, scoring 22 goals during his 16 appearances in all competitions.
City cruised to a narrow 1-0 victory against the Foxes without their 22-year-old hit man on Saturday, thanks to an early second-half goal from star midfielder Kevin De Bruyne.
Kevin De Bruyne’s goal gave City a narrow 1-0 win against Leicester in Haaland’s absence
‘I’ll have to see from the training sessions but of course it’s four days, the recovery time is different than three.
“But of course the players who don’t play as regularly are going to play, for sure.”
Asked if the likes of youth stars Cole Palmer and Rico Lewis would win chances against the LaLiga strugglers, Guardiola replied: “Potential to play, but let me see the training session today and tomorrow.”
A point against Sevilla would be enough for Manchester City to seal top spot in Group G, although even a defeat is likely to see them advance to top spot, barring a heavy thrashing by Dortmund against Copenhagen.