How far will the Erling Haaland phenomenon go?

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“What does Alfie Haaland put in his son’s lasagna before matches?”amazing this Thursday morning The sun. A few days ago, the Norwegian star revealed the unique recipe for his success. A good dish of lasagna that his father prepares before every game at the Etihad Stadium. “I have that before every home game now and it’s proven to be good, so he must have something special to add to it. I’m just a little bit of help. I’m always lying on the couch watching him . This is how it works”. Yesterday, the 22-year-old striker tasted again the dish that his father prepared before facing Copenhagen. A meeting in the Champions League where the former Dortmund once again shined.

He already has 19 goals!

From the 7th minute, he opened the score with a rebound from the right after a cross from João Cancelo (1-0). Then, the serial scorer did it again in the 33rd by signing a double (2-0). On the track to achieve a new hat-trick, he was replaced at the break, he who therefore scored 2 goals in 4 shots on target for only 11 balls touched. After the meeting, Pep Guardiola, who we saw was shocked by the extraordinary efficiency of his player, explained his choice to do without him for the rest of the game. “He played a lot of minutes, the game was controlled and Cole Palmer is a good player and looks forward to playing”.

Then he added: “If the game was close, Erling would have continued but it would have been better for Southampton to rest. We have a squad of 20 players if you only play 11, others are not ready when you need them.”. In the end, the Skyblues won 5-0 with two new goals from Erling Haaland. The Norwegian updated his statistics as he now has 19 goals (1 penalty) and 3 assists in 12 games in all competitions. In detail, he has scored 14 times in 8 appearances in the Premier League. In the Champions League, he has 5 goals in 3 games (0 goals in 1 game during the Community Shield).

Crazy statistics in the Champions League

A competition in which he excelled, he had extraordinary times. Opta showed that he became the first player in history to score 28 goals in 22 games in the Champions League. With an average record of 1.27 goals per game. He did better than 98 teams that played in C1! The 22-year-old striker, who yesterday overtook Luis Suarez (27 goals in C1), also became “The third player to score in each of his first three UEFA Champions League appearances for an English club, after Marouane Chamakh for Arsenal and Ferran Torres for Man City”remember Opta. Incredibly, Haaland has been involved in 41 goals in his last 23 home appearances for the club (35 goals, 6 assists for BVB and City).

A real trigger that bluffs everyone. The English press fell in love with City’s No.9. the Manchester Evening News gave him a score of 8 for his game yesterday with the following comment: “Two goals in 45 minutes without breaking a sweat. The new normal.” The English media then added: “Erling Haaland is needed for six weeks without being compared to Darwin Nunez until Lionel Messi. There is absolutely no choice, with the goal of the Norwegian scoring at a level never seen in English football and even the Champions League As Pep Guardiola said before this game, his record is undeniably the best for his age. Joleon Lescott, a former City player, was also impressed.

Everything is conquered

“There have been comparisons with Messi and obviously there are big differences in their styles, but I don’t think Pep has worked with someone as natural as Haaland before.” His teammate Jack Grealish was also delighted. “Amazing, I have never seen anything like this in my life. In the second goal, I just laughed because he was always there and he always concluded. Happy to play with him. When I came back after one of his goals, the Copenhagen goalkeeper said to me: “this man is not human”. And I answered yes. He is amazing and it is a pleasure to play with him. He is very humble. I hope he can continue this form and lead us to glory.”.

Pep Guardiola wants too. The City coach also denied rumors that his player has a clause to quickly join Real Madrid in 2024. “That’s not true. He does not have a release clause for Real Madrid or any other team. Rumors and people talking, we can’t control it. I always worry about what we can control. The important thing is that his adaptation is very good. We feel that he is happy here. We will try with him and everyone who wants to stay to make them happy. In the future, no one knows, but he is happy. He’s fit in perfectly, he’s loved so much and that’s the most important thing. “.

Can Haaland dream bigger?

He then clarified: “Erling wants the same thing as all of us: to win the game. He has hat tricks. Of course, if he had played 45 minutes, he would have had more chances. But we need everyone”. The Norwegian’s good management, especially during the long break of the 2022 World Cup, is also important for Guardiola, which he needs to win the Premier League or even the Champions League. At the moment, everything is good because the player is under contract until 2027, which does not close the door to an experience elsewhere in the future, running at full speed. He was even ahead of his times. In the same period last year, he had 13 goals in BVB (October 16). In 2020-21, he scored 5 goals in mid-October.

Haaland, who has scored in all competitions for City except the Community Shield, has been on top. This is also due to the fact that in the World Cup, the clubs have played more matches. But this did not interfere with his performance, especially since he had just arrived at a new club. Brilliant, he is now the leading scorer in 5 major European leagues. He is ahead of Robert Lewandowski (12 goals), Neymar (11 goals) and Kylian Mbappé (11 goals). Haaland seems to have no limits, he could seriously put himself in the race for the Ballon d’Or if he continues at this rate. Cyborg, who will not participate in the World Cup, has something to say. Especially since he intends to lead the new generation of Norway and the City of heights. With a good dish of lasagna in the stomach, anything is possible for Erling Haaland!

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