Pep Guardiola 'has words' with Haaland as controversial Man City footage analysed - pundit
Alan Hutton has claimed Man City boss Pep Guardiola has “had words” with Erling Haaland after their 2-1 win over Leeds United on Saturday (6 May).
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Tottenham and Aston Villa defender questioned Haaland’s decision to let Ilkay Gundogan take City’s penalty during the game.
As shown on Sky Sports (7 May), City were awarded a penalty for Pascal Struijk’s challenge on Phil Foden.
The Sky Blues’ usual penalty taker Haaland opted to let Gundogan handle the spot kick which, had he scored, would have given him a hattrick.
Guardiola was furious on the touchline claiming the Norwegian should have stepped up to the spot.
Leeds went on to score a minute after the penalty miss which made for a nervy ending at the Etihad.
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Hutton understood the boss’ frustration at his star striker.
“If Haaland is the designated penalty taker then he takes it,” he told Football Insider.
“It does not matter if Gundogan is on two goals and going for a hattrick, there is no room for that.
“If the team comes back in scores a goal then you are under pressure when you really did not need to be.
“Pep is right, he picks a penalty taker for a reason because he thinks he is going to score it and he has to stick with that. I am pretty sure he would have had words with him after the game.“
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