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Pep Guardiola praises Erling Haaland’s ‘8 touches’ performance

Erling Haaland has just eight touches in Man City's 4-0 rout of Bournemouth as he endures a frustrating home debut.

Despite having only eight touches and going scoreless in Manchester City’s 4-0 victory over Bournemouth on Saturday, Pep Guardiola hailed Erling Haaland’s effort in the match.

Following their victory over West Ham on the first day of the season last weekend, the Premier League champions improved to 2-0 with goals from Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden, and an own goal by Jefferson Lerma.

Even so, Romelu Lukaku set a Premier League record low with seven touches for Chelsea against Crystal Palace last season. Haaland only touched the ball eight times during the encounter against Bournemouth.

For Erling Haaland, Guardiola insisted that it was only a matter of time.

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It saw the striker fail to add to the two goals he scored last week in the win at the London Stadium on Sunday. 

However, the City boss has leapt to the defence of his summer signing by suggesting he did the best he could against the Cherries’ high line.

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Haaland only touched the ball just eight times during the game against the Cherries back line

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Pep Guardiola has backed his star striker to cope with Premier League defences this season 

‘The most difficult job in the world is when you are a striker against a (defence) with three central midfielders, three centre-backs and you are in the middle,’ Guardiola said following the victory. 

‘We will find many of these situations but it’s a question of time. With the quality of player we have behind him (Haaland), we will find him.’ 

Haaland may not have added to his two goals against the Hammers, but he did set-up City’s first for Gundogan. He showed some frustration at Phil Foden during the game when the England man opted to go for goal rather than tee-up his team-mate. 

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Phil Foden was one of the players on target as City made it two wins from two this season

It is not the first time Haaland has faced questions on his possible role in the City team. Doubts were raised over the City No 9 after his display in the Community Shield as Guardiola’s men were beaten 3-1 by Liverpool. 

But the £51million signing quickly hit back with a brace on his Premier League debut and his manager believes he will live up to his billing.

Up next for City is a trip to St James’ Park to face Newcastle next weekend as the champions look to continue their perfect start to the season.  

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