Pep Guardiola with the national team's prayer for Staal Solbakken

Pep Guardiola with the national team's prayer for Staal Solbakken

Now the serious start: Erling Braut Haaland was replaced just before the end as Manchester City beat Newcastle in the FA Cup on Saturday night. The Light Blues are fighting for titles in three different tournaments. Photograph: Darren Staples/AFP/NTB

Would Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola prefer Erling Braut Haaland (23)? no Norway's next matches played?

“From now on, he is no longer a player for me,” Guardiola said in response to VG’s questions after the 2-0 win over Newcastle on Saturday evening.

Norway now plays two special international matches against the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

After that, Manchester City will face another difficult end to the season.

The fact that they are competing for the big three trophies again this season means up to two months of matches every three or four days.

Therefore, VG wonders if Guardiola would prefer that star striker Haaland not play these special international matches, and instead be allowed to recover and remain injury-free before the end of City's season.

-What they (Norway) decide is good for us. They know that players fight a lot, train a lot and have a lot of adrenaline after reaching this position, explains the Spaniard.

Haaland's playing in international matches, especially with Norway, became a topic after he played a match against the Faroe Islands last fall.

VGTV pundit Kjetil Rekdal then said he believed City no He was convinced that Jærbuen played an unimportant – relatively – training match.

Haaland was beaten at the end of the match. He then ended up withdrawing from the team before the final European Championship qualifier against Scotland.

Guardiola offers what could be interpreted as a small prayer for Norway coach Stahl Solbakken.

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– They know that there are training matches and they must deal with them intelligently. We hope they do, the Spaniard tells VG.

– Hehe, offers national team manager Ståle Solbakken when VG asks how he explains Guardiola.

– The vast majority now play training matches, so it's pretty much the same for everyone. We have two games, and the same player will not start both games. But in any case, the emphasis is on continuity, Solbakken wrote for VG.

The top teams in international football have more and more matches to play, and the pressure on the players is increasing.

The result came last week. Frederik Orsnes retired from the national team to have time for other things between numerous battles.

And now the “business end” of the season begins: in the next two months, everything must be decided for the club's teams.

When Ståle Solbakken called up the national team squad last week, VG asked if any adjustments had been made to Haaland or Arsenal's Martin Ødegaard for the upcoming squad.

No, Solbakin said, before adding:

– There is absolutely no inquiry from any club (about this).

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