Pep Guardiola tells Man City star to play with passion against Chelsea

Pep Guardiola
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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has urged Erling Haaland to play with the passion he displayed against Everton when Manchester City visit Stamford Bridge tonight to take on Chelsea.

Guardiola is happy with the aggression shown by Haaland in City’s 1-1 draw against Everton and wants a repeat against Chelsea on Thursday night.

“I like it, the extra limit. Not just him, everyone. His behaviours, you always have to use [points to his head],” said Guardiola.

“But play with this passion. That is necessary. I prefer that than to be flat. Strikers have to handle tough, tough central defenders. It’s necessary.

“Tomorrow he’ll have a battle with Koulibaly and Thiago Silva. Always it’s a big challenge and that’s why the Premier League is so special.”

Guardiola believes Haaland has plenty of improving still to do despite scoring 21 goals in the Premier League.

“I’ve said many times, a lot of things can improve. As much as he scores goals, it’s OK but he still has a margin to improve many things. Of course, he’s young and he will be better in the future,” he said.