Glenn Hoddle picks three Man City players he thinks can stop Haaland

Sam Preston March 22, 2021
Glenn Hoddle picks three Man City players he thinks can stop Haaland
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BT Sport pundit Glenn Hoddle expects Manchester City to see off Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League quarter-finals next month.

A lot of the talk in the aftermath of the draw was about Erling Haaland and how City are going to stop him.

Hoddle wrote in his Evening Standard column that he expects John Stones, Ruben Dias and Aymeric Laporte to keep the Norway star quiet.

And he feels that will set up a semi-final clash with Dortmund’s domestic rivals Bayern Munich.

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“If Manchester City and Bayern Munich get through that is going to be a titanic game that would have made a fabulous final,” wrote Hoddle.

“I think City have more chance of being Bayern over two legs then they would in a one-off final.

“I am jumping ahead, because I do believe City will be Dortmund if they keep Erling Haaland quiet.

“In John Stones, Aymeric Laporte and Ruben Dias, they have the defence to deal with that. Chelsea vs Liverpool and City vs Bayern in the semis would be so exciting.”

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City have been here before; coming to the end of an imperious league season and favourites to go into the Champions League semi-finals.

So far, they haven’t managed it under Pep Guardiola, which is staggering for a side and manager with that amount of quality.

All isn’t well at Dortmund; they drew 2-2 with Bundesliga strugglers Koln on Saturday and are approaching a change in the dugout during the summer when Marco Rose will come in.

City should win, but they have been too open defensively in the Champions League knockout rounds before.

Dias and Stones have been fantastic this season and that should solve that issue – but with Haaland on the pitch, nothing can be taken for granted.

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Sam Preston a senior football writer for the Boot Room and United in Focus. He is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist with five years of professional experience writing digital content. He studied with the Press Association and also has a 2:1 Law with French Law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Burnley, Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.