UCL: Pep Guardiola explains why Haaland’s half-time substitution happened against Dortmund.
UCL: Pep Guardiola reveals why Haaland was substituted at halftime of Man City’s draw against Borussia Dortmund.
While City’s performance at the Signal Iduna Park was disappointing as they were held to a scoreless draw by Dortmund, they still succeeded in topping Group G of the Champions League.
At his former stadium, Haaland put in a subdued effort with just 13 touches and one blocked shot before being replaced at halftime. After the game, Guardiola disclosed that the striker had a little fever and had a knock.
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“[There were] three things. I saw him so tired. Second one, he had a little bit of influenza in his body. Then the third, he had a knock on his foot. That’s why he was not able to play in the second half,” the City boss told reporters.
Having spent two years with the team, Haaland did return to the stadium after the final whistle to greet the Dortmund fans. While walking, he did not appear to be in pain, but a scan may be required to determine the full degree of the injuries.
On Saturday, City will travel to face Leicester City, and Guardiola will be hoping that his top scorer will be able to play.