'We don't have to complain about Erling Haaland!' - Kevin De Bruyne defends Man City striker after drop off in goals output

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  • De Bruyne says Haaland's form nothing to worry about
  • Belgian says it's harder to score at this stage of season
  • Haaland still averages a goal per game for City

WHAT HAPPENED? Haaland has scored only three goals in his last nine matches in all competitions, a big drop off from when he netted 13 times in his opening eight competitive games.

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WHAT THEY SAID: "There is always a first part of the season and a second part. I feel in the second part there is a lot more going on. Teams are more well organised. They play for more also, at both ends of the table. So I feel people are more prepared in every sense of the way," De Bruyne told a press conference. "Maybe he was also a little bit more prolific when he got the chances, but I don't feel as if we have to complain about the output of Erling in any way."

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Haaland scored a penalty in City's scrappy 1-0 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday, his 28th Premier League goal of the season and his 34th in all competitions, from 34 games.

AND WHAT'S MORE: "I think he is fine. In the Crystal Palace game he had maybe two or three chances and if he scored two I don't think there is any issue," added De Bruyne.


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WHAT NEXT FOR ERLING HAALAND? Haaland and City face RB Leipzig at home on Tuesday in a Champions League last-16 second leg, with the tie finely balanced at 1-1.

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