How far can the Erling Haaland phenomenon go?

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“What does Alfie Haaland put in his son’s lasagna before the games?”she wonders this Thursday morning The sun. Just a few days ago, the Norwegian star revealed the amazing recipe for his success. A good lasagna his father prepares before every game at the Etihad Stadium. “I have that before every home game now and it’s proving to be pretty good so there has to be something special that he adds. I help very little. I usually lie on the couch and watch him. Thats how it works”. Yesterday, the 22-year-old forward tried the dish his father prepared again ahead of his match against Copenhagen. A Champions League meeting where ex-Dortmund once again shone.

He already has 19 goals!

From the 7th minute he opened the shot on goal with a rebound from the right after a cross from João Cancelo (1:0). Then the series scorer did it again in the 33rd with a brace (2-0). He was substituted at half-time on his way to a new hat-trick, so he scored 2 goals on 4 shots on target for just 11 balls touched. After the meeting, Pep Guardiola, who we saw shocked by his player’s incredible efficiency, explained his decision to be without him for the rest of the game. “He plays a lot of minutes, the game was under control and Cole Palmer is a great player and was looking forward to playing.”.

Then he added: “If the game had been close Erling would have gone on but it was better to rest for Southampton. 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 across all competitions. In detail, he has scored 14 goals in 8 Premier League games. In Champions League he has 5 goals in 3 games (0 goals in 1 game during Community Shield).

Crazy Champions League stats

A competition where he excels who has incredible times. Opta indicates he was the first player in history to score 28 goals in 22 Champions League games. With a record average of 1.27 goals per game. He’s better than 98 teams that have played the C1! The 22-year-old forward who overtook Luis Suarez (27 goals in C1) yesterday has also become “The third player to score in each of his first three UEFA Champions League games for an English club, after Marouane Chamakh for Arsenal and Ferran Torres for Man City.”remember Opta. What is impressive is that Haaland was involved in 41 goals in his last 23 home games (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 an 8 for yesterday’s match with the following comment: “Two goals in 45 minutes without breaking a sweat. The new normal.” The English media then added: “It took Erling Haaland about six weeks to go from his Darwin Nunez comparison to Lionel Messi. There was really no other choice as the Norwegian scored goal after goal at a level unseen in English football and even the Champions League. As Pep Guardiola said ahead of this game, his record is undoubtedly the best for his age. Joleon Lescott, ex-City player, is also delighted.

Everyone is conquered

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

Pep Guardiola wants it too. The City boss has also denied the rumor that his player has a clause to make it easier for him to join Real Madrid in 2024. “That’s not true. He doesn’t have a buyout clause for Real Madrid or any other team. Rumors and people talk, we can’t control them. I always worry about what we can control. The important thing is that he’s adjusted very well We have the feeling that he is happy here. We will try to make him and everyone who wants to stay happy. In the future nobody knows, but he is happy. He has settled in perfectly, he is loved incredibly and that is the most important.”.

Can Haaland dream bigger?

Then he clarified: “Erling wants the same thing as all of us: win the game. He had hat tricks. Of course, if he had played 45 minutes longer, he would have had more chances. 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 needs him to win the Premier League or even the Champions League. All is going well at the moment as the player, who is signed until 2027 and has not yet closed the door to a future experience, is in full swing. He’s even ahead of his time. Last year he scored 13 goals with BVB at the same time (October 16). In 2020/21 he had scored 5 goals by mid-October.

Haaland, who has scored in all City competitions apart from the Community Shield, is ahead. This is also due to the fact that the clubs have played more games since the World Cup. But that doesn’t detract from his performance, especially since he has just arrived at a new club. Brilliant, he is currently the top scorer in the 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 who could seriously place himself in the Ballon d’Or race if he continues at this pace. The cyborg, who will not take part in the World Cup, will have a say. Especially as he intends to lead the new Norwegian generation and City to the heights. With a good lasagna in your stomach, anything is possible for Erling Haaland!

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