Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has warned Chelsea and the rest of the Premier League that Erling Haaland is in “much better” condition now than he was in pre-season last year.
Haaland scored twice off the bench as Manchester City beat sister club Yokohama F. Marinos 5-3 in their first pre-season friendly during the tour of Japan and South Korea.
Guardiola said: “Comparing last season and that period, he is fitter, much better than last season when he arrived.
“I know we would love [his form] to be like last season. But it’s not the point; the point is no injuries. [He] looks good, but he is still a way from the best condition, like everyone.
“So, of course, it is important for him to score two goals in the first game, because last season in the last games, he could not score. Important is the rhythm, the principles, the concepts we are working with all the time. Get it as best as possible.
“We know exactly what he has to do. We know him, and in a few weeks we will be better condition than now.”