Manchester City fans were delighted when Pep Guardiola fielded Julin Alvarez alongside Erling Haaland for their side’s UEFA Champions League home game against Copenhagen on 6 October.
Guardiola’s men have won both games in the competition so far this season. A win at the Etihad Stadium against Copenhagen puts them close to qualifying for the next round of the competition.
The Spanish coach decided to use a 4-4-2 formation for the game. He has used Alvarez alongside Haaland as an attacking duo.
The Argentine joined the club from Porto this summer after securing a deal during the 2022 winter transfer window. Since then he has made nine appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals.
Haaland has been in exceptional form since joining from Borussia Dortmund earlier this summer. In 11 games he has scored 17 goals and provided three assists.
The former Borussia Dortmund player has scored three Champions League goals in two games so far this season.
It will be interesting to see what kind of flashy partnership he can forge with former River Plate forward Alvarez.
The fans were delighted with the 22-year-old’s start in the Champions League. They called Alvarez a world-class player that he could certainly become soon.
Others thanked Guardiola for his decision to give the youngster a start. Here are some of the best reactions from Manchester City fans on Twitter:
Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola praised Erling Haaland
Striker Sergio Aguero left Manchester City for Barcelona at the start of last season. Many believed it would be difficult for Citizens to find a striker of the quality of the now-retired Argentine, as he was the club’s top scorer with 260 goals.
Given Aguero’s exceptional numbers at the club, the fans were right to a certain extent.
However, it seems like they have already found the next prolific striker. Haaland has been firing on all cylinders and more since moving from Borussia Dortmund.
His numbers are just phenomenal. The Norwegian scored another hat-trick in the 6-3 win over Manchester United on October 2. He became the first player in Premier League history to score three consecutive hat-tricks at home.
While discussing the goalscoring machine ahead of his team’s clash against Copenhagen, Guardiola said the following (via GOAL):
“At his age nobody can match him. The numbers speak for themselves and inside – in the dressing room – and on the pitch we see things that aren’t in the stats that make us happy to have him here.”
Manchester City are currently at the top of their Champions League group and second in the Premier League table.
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