Erling Haaland Says Coach Pep Guardiola Is A Football Freak Just Like He Is

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Erling Haaland is having the best time of his career playing for Manchester City, especially playing for Coach Pep Guardiola.

Erling Haaland Says Coach Pep Guardiola Is A Football Freak Just Like He Is

Following his £51 million summer transfer from Borussia Dortmund in July, the 22-year-old sensation has scored two hat-tricks and a total of 12 goals in only eight games after integrating himself into City’s lineup with ease.

Despite his record-breaking start to the season, Haaland acknowledged that it has taken him some time to adjust to his manager’s expectations on the field.

“He’s a football fanatic just like I am,” Haaland was eager to compare his method of playing football to that of Guardiola as he spoke to Telemundo Deportes.

“We both love football. He was a player and now he’s a coach, and he’s crazy about football.

“That’s something I like a lot because he thinks about everything and how we can improve. That’s something I like about him.”

Given the system City uses, there had been some uncertainty regarding Haaland and how he would fit in.

“It’s a complicated system,” Haaland said. “But I’m trying to internalize it as soon as possible. I can’t waste any time.”

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“I know my own qualities, I know how good the team I’ve joined are. I was a bit surprised [to have started so well], but it’s not a huge shock.

“It’s a nice club with very good people. They’ve been very good to me from the beginning.

“It’s always hard to change countries, leagues, clubs, but they’ve helped a lot and I’m very happy.”

In his Premier League debut against West Ham, Haaland scored twice before contributing an assist to Man City’s 4-0 victory over Bournemouth.

Erling Haaland Says Coach Pep Guardiola Is A Football Freak Just Like He Is

The Norwegian striker has since scored 10 goals in his past five games across all competitions, including back-to-back hat-tricks against Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest and, most recently, a brace against Sevilla in the Champions League.

Erling Haaland

Erling Braut Haaland, a Norwegian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League side Manchester City and the Norway national team, was born on July 21, 2000. He is regarded as one of the world’s top players and is renowned for his athleticism, speed, and finishing.

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Haaland played at the senior level for Bryne’s reserve and senior teams after progressing through the youth system. He went to Molde in 2017 and spent two seasons there, playing for their reserve team as well.

Haaland won two league championships and one Austrian Cup before signing with Austrian Bundesliga team Red Bull Salzburg in January 2019. He transferred to the German Bundesliga team Borussia Dortmund in December 2019, where he won the DFB-Pokal in 2020–21.

Throughout his career, Haaland set numerous records and received numerous individual honors. He made history by being the youngest youngster to score in five straight UEFA Champions League games during Salzburg’s 2019–20 season.

The following year, he led all scorers in the Champions League. Haaland was named the Bundesliga Player of the Season in 2021 and was a member of the FIFA FIFPro World11 in 2021. In 2020, he earned the Golden Boy award.

Haaland has competed for Norway at different levels of youth football. He set a tournament record by scoring a tournament-high nine goals in a single game, earning him the Golden Boot at the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup. In September 2019, he made his senior international debut.

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Life At Manchester City

Manchester City of the Premier League confirmed on May 10, 2022, that they had activated Haaland’s €60 million (£51.2 million) release clause and had secured an agreement to sign him.

On June 13, City announced that Haaland would sign a five-year contract and begin playing for the team on July 1.

On July 30, he made his professional debut, playing the full 90 minutes in the 2022 FA Community Shield loss to Liverpool by a score of 3-1.

He beat West Ham United 2-0 on the road in his Premier League debut on August 7 thanks to two goals he scored.

Erling Haaland Says Coach Pep Guardiola Is A Football Freak Just Like He Is

Haaland became the fastest person in Premier League history to reach two hattricks when he scored his first hat-trick in a 4-2 victory over Crystal Palace on August 27 and his second, a perfect hattrick, four days later with a treble in a 6-0 victory over Nottingham Forest, breaking the previous record by 14 games.

He scored two goals against Sevilla on September 6 to make his Manchester City’s Champions League debut and become the first player with 25 goals in 20 Champions League games.

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