Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola salutes Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez after Fulham win

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Pep Guardiola labelled forwards Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez an "incredible weapon" after the pair struck during a gritty 2-1 win at Fulham which returned Manchester City to the Premier League summit. The champions had not been top since February 17 and were made to work hard to move above Arsenal by a determined Fulham side. Marco Silva's men showed their resilience after Haaland scored his 50th goal of the season from a spot-kick to give City the lead after just three minutes. The Cottagers found a leveller through Carlos Vinicius, but it was a touch of class from Alvarez, who restored the visitors' advantage in the first half - a strike that eventually secured all three points for Guardiola's men. The City manager praised his strike partnership, with Haaland taking his tally of league goals to a record-equalling 34 (alongside Alan Shearer and Andy Cole) for the most scored in a single Premier League season. "I was really impressed that he took the penalty with the mentality that he has, strong and another goal helps us with Julian," Guardiola said. "Julian all the time helps us, he's incredible, every time he plays he gives us everything. "Quality goals and assists. Today with the penalty assist from Riyad (Mahrez) and after he has done so… we have two strikers when we need people in the box. "These two guys are an incredible weapon that we have."

World Cup-winner Alvarez has found opportunities somewhat limited this season, but Guardiola hinted he might find a way to play both the 23-year-old and Haaland. "If you play almost all the games to be world champions for Argentina. He has something unique," he said. "But it has been a lot to understand that maybe in the future there can be something to make them both play. Especially in tight games."

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