Pep Guardiola confirms Erling Haaland’s return to Manchester City, says pressure ‘thousands of times harder’ at Barcelona

Pep Guardiola confirms Erling Haaland’s

Erling Haaland could be ready to return to Manchester City after almost two months out. The striker has not played since December 6 due to a foot injury, but City boss Pep Guardiola says he is available to face Burnley on Wednesday evening. Guardiola has also given his views on Xavi’s decision to leave Barcelona in the summer and how the pressure is in Spain compared to England.

Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Erling Haaland is fit to return for Manchester City ahead of the midweek Premier League clash against Burnley.
The striker has not played since 6 December due to a foot injury and has missed 10 games in all competitions.
He has recently returned to training and is now available for Man City’s clash with Burnley on Wednesday, which is live on TNT Sports.

“For the first time he’s back,” City boss Guardiola said of Haaland.
“We have a complete team, we are strong. “He is an important player for us.”
Haaland has scored 19 goals in 22 appearances in all competitions for City this season. His return is a welcome boost for City, who recently welcomed back Kevin De Bruyne from injury.
“The most important news is that almost the entire team is fit,” Guardiola said.
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“We have no injuries. Manu [Manuel Akanzi] is back. Due to good training he does not feel his knee. John [Stones] too.
City is five points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool but has a game in hand.

‘Barça a thousand times stronger than England’

Guardiola was also asked about his former club Barcelona, who will be looking for a new head coach at the end of the season following Xavi’s decision to leave the club.
Xavi, who was a mainstay of Guardiola’s great Barcelona managerial era, is stepping down partly because of the mental impact of the position.
“It’s also tough from a mental-health level. I’m a positive person, but the battery levels keep draining – and at some point, you realize there’s no point in stopping,” he said.
Asked about Xavi’s decision, Guardiola said: “In my experience, we cannot compare the pressure we have in England with Spain.
“It’s a thousand times more difficult there. Six press conferences a week, lots of games.

“The pressure you feel in Barcelona can’t be compared anywhere else.”
Xavi announced his departure shortly after Jurgen Klopp revealed he was leaving Liverpool in the summer.
Guardiola has been at City since 2016 and says he is not thinking of ending his time with the club any time soon.
“I have everything a manager could dream of. How they support me. We changed a lot of players over seven years but they have all been incredibly supportive. Nice atmosphere. I have everything.
“I feel good and of course one day it will go away but I don’t think about it right now.”

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