EPL: Guardiola challenges Haaland after he broke single season goal record


Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, has challenged Erling Haaland to break his own Premier League goal record after the striker rewrote the history books last night against West Ham United.

Haaland scored his 35th league goal of the season on Wednesday against West Ham, surpassing a record shared by Andrew Cole and Alan Shearer.

The 22-year-old now has the most goals in a top-flight season since Southampton’s Ron Davies scored 37 times in 1967.

Three goals from Haaland, Nathan Ake and Phil Foden gave Man City a 3-0 win over West Ham.

He said, “It was special – he [Haaland] deserved it,” Guardiola said at his post-match press conference.

“Without the team, he couldn’t do it, but he is a special striker.

“This record will be broken sooner or later, maybe by him in the future. We’re very pleased for him because it’s a joy to work with him and everyone is happy to have him.”

He added, “In football with a special occasion, you’ve to show how special it is. To overcome Cole and Shearer, incredible strikers, is special.”