MANCHESTER, England (AP) — After Erling Haaland's latest two-goal display in the Champions League, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola had to quell speculation that the Norway striker could already be planning a move out of the club. Guardiola dismissed reports coming out of Spain that the striker — who took his season tally to 19 goals in 12 games with a first-half double in Wednesday’s 5-0 win over Copenhagen — has a release clause in his Man City contract that would allow him to join Real M
James' finish capped a fine Blues victory, with the England wing-back also teeing up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for his second goal in as many games. Wesley Fofana opened the scoring, tapping home after Thiago Silva's powerful header, only to hobble out in the first half with a potential leg injury. Chelsea leapfrogged Milan into second place in Group E on goal difference by registering their first win in their third Champions League encounter this term.
The prolific Norwegian netted with his first touch at the Etihad Stadium and added another before being substituted at half-time in a one-sided Group G clash at the Etihad Stadium. Riyad Mahrez and Julian Alvarez joined him on the scoresheet as City, who also benefited from an own goal, moved closer to the last 16 by maintaining their 100 per cent record in the competition. Manager Pep Guardiola rested Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden but the Danish champions were not spared the threat of Haaland.