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Guardiola insists City cannot rely on Haaland alone for UCL glory

Haaland has hit the ground running since moving from Borussia Dortmund to City for £51m this summer, scoring a record 10 goals in his first six Premier League appearances.

The 22-year-old’s impressive record of 23 goals in 19 appearances in the Champions League has sparked speculations that he might be the missing link in City’s quest for European success, but Guardiola is insistent that the burden of expectation must fall on his entire team and not on Haaland alone.

“All the players the club decided to sign this season came in to try to make us better, otherwise it would not make sense,” Guardiola speaking to the media prior to Tuesday’s Group G start at Sevilla via Skysports.

“Is that help going to help us win the title? I don’t know. I always have belief, but if we rely only on Erling’s shoulders, we are not going to win the Champions League. What we have to do is play well, create chances to help him score goals and hopefully we can do it.

“He came here because we convinced him, because he felt we didn’t have many strikers and he could play with us and try to be involved in the way we are playing.

“I understand completely that everyone talks about Erling but I have three, four, five new players and I consider it the same to settle as quickly as possible.

“Hopefully he can help us but we’re not going to win just for Erling, this is my feeling. He has a special quality and in the important games maybe he can solve the problems we have, definitely, but if we don’t play well we’re not going to win games in the Champions League or Premier League.”

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