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Erling Haaland completed just two passes vs Bournemouth, the least in a Pep Guardiola Man City team ever

Daniel Marland

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Erling Haaland completed just two passes vs Bournemouth, the least in a Pep Guardiola Man City team ever

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Manchester City forward Erling Haaland completed two passes in his side's 4-0 win over Bournemouth - the lowest number any player has made starting under Pep Guardiola.

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Haaland joined City from Borussia Dortmund in July and he's after winning the Premier League title without an orthodox striker last season, many wondered how he'd fit in.

The 22-year-old drew a blank in the Community Shield against Liverpool last month but managed to score both goals in a 2-0 win over West Ham United last Sunday.

City welcomed newly-promoted Bournemouth to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday and ran out comfortable winners, without much involvement from Haaland.

Haaland helped set up Ilkay Gundogan for the opening goal 19 minutes in and after that, his only completed pass was to start the second half.

At least he's come away from the game with a 100 per cent pass success rate.

Overall, the Norway international had eight touches before being substituted for Julian Alvarez with 16 minutes to play.

City were dominant throughout and it was Haaland's neat one-two with Gundogan which allowed the midfielder to open the scoring.

Kevin De Bruyne doubled the home side's lead just past the half hour mark with a lovely solo effort.

The Belgian maestro drifted into a pocket of space, between Bournemouth's compact backline, before bending a lovely outside the boot effort past Mark Travers.

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Image Credit: Alamy

Phil Foden made it three just before halftime after a lovely pass from De Bruyne.

City got a fourth 11 minutes from time after Cherries midfielder Jefferson Lerma turned into his own net from close range.

Guardiola was asked about Haaland's performance at full-time and he admitted it was a tough test against a back five.

He told The Athletic: "The most difficult job in the world is when you're a striker vs a [defence] with three CMs, three CBs and you're in the middle. We'll find many of these but it's a question of time. With the quality we have, we'll find him."

Topics: Bournemouth, Erling Haaland, Manchester City, Premier League, Julian Alvarez

Daniel Marland
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