Guardiola: Front two of Alvarez and Haaland may be needed to break teams down

    Erling Haaland and Julián Alvarez’s team-up could help Manchester City break the teams that play against them, according to Josep Guardiola.

    City lost ground in Saturday’s title race after a 1-1 draw at home to struggling Everton and leaders Arsenal extended their lead at the Premier League summit to seven points by beating Brighton and Hove Albion by a score of 4:2.

    Haaland gave City the lead against the Toffees but Demarai Gray landed a superb shot to put the champions back and keep them by just one point, leaving another hole in their title hopes after losing at home to Brentford in the final game before the World Cup . Cup break.

    In his attempts to win the game, Guardiola put World Cup winner Álvarez into first place with Haaland in the 87th minute and although he missed three points on this occasion, he says he may have to start a pair if they improve their performance. at home.

    “You have two strikers who will score goals,” City head coach Guardiola said after the game.

    “To create chances you have to make a process, and for a process sometimes you need other types of players to create those chances.

    “But of course they can play together – especially on defense against five defenders, they can play together.

    “In the last minutes, when the score was 1-1, we needed people in the central role, in and around the penalty area, and therefore he [Alvarez] played.”

    Phil Foden has come off the bench in all three of City’s games since returning from the World Cup, with England teammate Jack Grealish choosing to start in his last two league matches.

    Asked if Foden needs to adapt to be included in the starting XI, Guardiola replied: “No, Phil can play a thousand, million positions.

    “When I am on the field and in training, I see something with my intuition and I decided to play with Jack in these games, because Jack gives us extra, extra, extra passes.

    “When he’s more upright, Phil is better, so both can match, both can play together, but this time I chose this lineup.”

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