how far can the Erling Haaland phenomenon go?

What’s after this announcement

“What does Alfie Haaland put in his son’s lasagna before games?”he asks himself this Thursday morning The sun. A few days ago, the Norwegian star unveiled the amazing recipe for her success. A good plate of lasagna prepared by his father before each game at the Etihad Stadium. “I’ve done this before every home game now and it’s turning out to be pretty good, so there has to be something special that adds. I help very little. Mostly I’m lying on the couch watching it. Here’s how it works.”. Yesterday the 22-year-old striker tasted again the dish invented by his father before facing Copenhagen. A Champions League match where the former Dortmund shone once again.

He is already 19 goals!

From 7 ‘he opens the scoring with a rebound from the right on a cross by João Cancelo (1-0). Then, the serial scorer repeated it in the 33rd minute, signing a brace (2-0). On the track to create a new hat-trick, he was replaced on the counterattack, he who then scored 2 goals out of 4 shots on goal for only 11 balls touched. After the match, Pep Guardiola, who we saw shocked by his player’s incredible efficiency, explained his choice to do without it for the rest of the match. “He’s been playing a lot of minutes, the game was under control and Cole Palmer is a great player and he couldn’t wait to play”.

He then added: Had the game been tight, Erling would have continued but Southampton had better rest. We have a squad of 20 players if you only play 11, the others won’t be ready when you need them. “. In the end, the Skyblues won 5-0 with two new goals from Erling Haaland. The Norwegian has updated his stats as he now has 19 goals (1 penalty) and 3 assists in 12 games in all competitions. In detail, he has scored 14 goals in 8 Premier League appearances. In the Champions League he scored 5 goals in 3 games (0 goals in 1 game during the Community Shield).

Crazy statistics in the Champions League

A competition where he excels, he who has incredible times. Opt indicates that he became the first player in history to score 28 goals in 22 Champions League appearances. With a record average of 1.27 goals per game. Better than 98 teams that have played in C1! The 22-year-old striker, who passed Luis Suarez yesterday (27 goals in C1), has also become “the third player to score in each of his first three UEFA Champions League appearances for an English club, following Marouane Chamakh for Arsenal and Ferran Torres for Man City”to remember Opt. Surprisingly, Haaland has been involved in 41 goals in the club’s last 23 home appearances (35 goals, 6 assists for BVB and City).

A real trigger that bluffs everyone. The British press fell in love with City number 9. the Manchester Evening News gave him a vote of 8 for his match yesterday with the following comment: “Two goals in 45 minutes without breaking a sweat. The new normal. “ The British media then added: “It took Erling Haaland about six weeks to go from being compared to Darwin Nunez to Lionel Messi. There was really no choice, with the Norwegian scoring goals for goals at a level that English football and even the Champions League have never seen. As Pep Guardiola said before this match, his record is undeniably the best for his age. Joleon Lescott, former City player, is also fascinated.

Everyone is conquered

“There have been comparisons with Messi and obviously there are a lot of differences in their styles, but I don’t think Pep has ever worked with someone as instinctive as Haaland before.” His teammate, Jack Grealish, is also thrilled. “It’s amazing, I’ve never seen anything like it in my life. On the second goal I was just laughing because he is always there and always concludes. It is a pleasure to play with him. When I came back after one of his goals, the Copenhagen goalkeeper told me: “this boy is not human”. And I said yes. He is fantastic and it is a pleasure to play with him. He is so humble. I hope he can continue in this form and lead us to glory. “.

Pep Guardiola also wants it. The City manager also denied the rumor that his player has a clause to enter Real Madrid more easily in 2024. “That’s not true. He doesn’t have a release clause for Real Madrid or any other team. Voices and people talking, we can’t control them. I always worry about what we can control. The important thing is that he has adapted very well. We have the feeling that he is happy here. We will try with him and all those who want to stay to make them happy. In the future no one knows, but he is happy. He has settled in perfectly, he is incredibly loved and that is the most important thing. “.

Can Haaland dream big?

He then clarified: “Erling wants the same thing as all of us: to win the game. He had triplets. Of course, if he had played another 45 minutes, he would have had a better chance. But we need everyone “. Managing the Norwegian well, especially during the long break during the 2022 World Cup, is also very important for Guardiola, who will need him to win the Premier League or even the Champions League. For the moment everything is fine since the player under contract until 2027, who has not closed the doors to an experience elsewhere in the future, is running at full capacity. It is even ahead of its time. At the same stage last year, he scored 13 goals for BVB (October 16). In the 2020-21 season he had scored 5 goals in mid-October.

Haaland, who has scored in all competitions for City except Community Shield, is in the lead. This is also due to the fact that with the World Cup the clubs have already played more games. But that doesn’t detract from his performance, especially since he’s just joined a new club. Brilliant, he is currently the top scorer of the 5 major European leagues. He is ahead of Robert Lewandowski (12 goals), Neymar (11 goals) and Kylian Mbappé (11 goals). Haaland does not seem to have limits, he who could seriously place himself in the race for the Ballon d’Or if he continues at this rate. The Cyborg, who will not participate in the World Cup, will have a say. Especially since he intends to take the new Norwegian generation and the City to the heights. With a good plate of lasagna in his stomach, anything is possible for Erling Haaland!

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