Pep Guardiola is happy after the switch to Erling Haaland

SManchester City’s tar coach Pep Guardiola is convinced that his team will quickly benefit from new signing Erling Haaland. “He will definitely help us score more goals,” Guardiola told Sky Sports on Wednesday after Manchester City’s 5-1 Premier League win over Wolverhampton Wanderers. But it’s not just about that. “We will never give him the responsibility to score the goals,” the City coach said of the Norwegian, who switched from Borussia Dortmund to Cityzens this summer.

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Not only the attackers are responsible for the goals, Guardiola stressed. “We have to win matches, and for that it is important that everyone does their best. Congratulations to the club. He is a commitment for the next few years, “Guardiola continued:” We are very happy that he decided to come to us. “He was convinced that Haaland would quickly adapt to the club’s style of play.

Actually, Guardiola did not want to comment on Haaland after the match at all. “I answer because I have to and because I’m a polite man, but that’s a problem for next season,” said the City coach, who preferred to talk about the excellent Kevin De Bruyne.

The Belgian had scored four goals against Wolves and mimicked Haaland’s goal celebration after his third goal. De Bruyne then pretended to be ignorant. Does it have anything to do with Haaland? “I did not even know it,” De Bruyne joked. “I only did it because I scored three goals, it never happens otherwise.” Two games before the end of the season, City are three points ahead of Liverpool FC, and coach Jürgen Klopp is still on course.

Chelsea with an away win

Former Wolfsburg player De Bruyne gave Man City a three-goal lead in the first half (7th minute / 16th / 24th). The temporary equalizer by Leander Dendoncker (11th) only briefly gave the hosts hope. De Bruyne scored again for City in the 60th minute, Raheem Sterling scoring the final (84 ‘). With two games left before the end of the season, Cityzens also have a markedly better goal difference (72) than Liverpool (65).

Chelsea FC also celebrated an important away win after three games without a win. The Londoners won 3-0 (1-0) at Leeds United and as number three in the table they are still on their way to qualifying for the Champions League. Mason Mount (4th minute), Christian Pulisic (55th) and Romelu Lukaku (83rd) scored at the stadium on Elland Road for the Blues coached by Thomas Tuchel.

The relegation-threatened hosts – with former Leipzig coach Jesse Marsch – had to play for more than an hour because Leeds professional Daniel James saw the red card after 24 minutes for a foul. Due to a medical emergency among the crowd, the game was interrupted for a few minutes in the first half.

Chelsea, who are number three in the table, have two games left before the end of the season and are eight points ahead of Tottenham Hotspur in fifth place, who have played one game in hand. Spurs will welcome arch-rival Arsenal, who are currently number four, in the London derby on Thursday (20:45 on Sky). Leeds are now in a relegation zone in 18th place.

Meanwhile, Celtic Glasgow are Scottish football champions for the 52nd time. With a 1-1 draw to Dundee United, team manager Ange Postecoglou’s team secured their tenth title in eleven years on the penultimate day. This means that Celtic have secured participation in the group stage of the Champions League.

Defending champions Glasgow Rangers, opponents of Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League final in Sevilla next Wednesday, may have won their home game against Ross County 4-1, but with a six-point deficit they no longer have a chance to intercept their long-term rivals. Last season, the Rangers, European record champions with 55 national titles, finished 25 points ahead of Celtic.

Ajax Amsterdam secured the championship in the Netherlands for the 36th time. On the penultimate match day, the traditional club did it perfectly by beating SC Heerenveen 5-0 (3-0). The 3-2 success of the pursuers PSV Eindhoven with German coach Roger Schmidt and former world champion Mario Götze against NEC Nijmegen was no longer able to change that. Ajax is four points ahead of Eindhoven in the table.

As a result, successful coach Erik ten Hag leaves the record holder with his third championship title in four years for Manchester United. Right-back Noussair Mazraoui was also in start-11 for Amsterdam. The Moroccan will move to Bayern Munich this summer.

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