“What does Alfie Haaland put in his son’s lasagna before games?”wonders this thursday morning Sun. A few days ago, the Norwegian star revealed the surprising recipe for her success. A good plate of lasagna that his father prepared before each match at the Etihad Stadium. “I have that before every home game now and it’s proving to be pretty good, so there must be something special that I add to it. I help very little. I’m mostly lying on the couch watching it. That’s how it works.”. Yesterday, the 22-year-old striker once again savored the dish prepared by his father before facing Copenhagen. A Champions League match where the former Dortmund player shone again.
He is already at 19 goals!
As of minute 7, he opened the scoring with a rebound from the right after a center by João Cancelo (1-0). Then, the serial scorer did it again in minute 33 by signing a double (2-0). On his way to another hat-trick, he was substituted at half-time, for which he scored 2 goals from 4 shots on goal from just 11 touches. After the match, Pep Guardiola, who was struck by the incredible efficiency of his player, explained his decision to do without him for the rest of the match. “He is playing a lot of minutes, the game was controlled and Cole Palmer is a great player and he really wanted to play”.
He then added: “If the match had been level, Erling would have continued 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 statistics as he has 19 goals (1 penalty) and 3 assists in 12 games in all competitions. In detail, he has scored 14 times in 8 Premier League appearances. In the Champions League, he has 5 goals in 3 matches (0 goal in 1 match during the Community Shield).
Crazy statistics in the Champions League
A competition where he stands out, he who has incredible times. option indicates that he became 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 does it better than 98 teams having played C1! The 22-year-old striker, who yesterday beat Luis Suárez (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, after Marouane Chamakh with Arsenal and Ferran Torres with Man City”remember option. Impressively, Haaland has been involved in 41 goals in his last 23 club home appearances (35 goals, 6 assists for BVB and City).
1.27 – Erling Haaland has scored 28 goals in 22 UEFA Champions League games, a goals per game record of 1.27; there are 98 teams with a worse goals per game record than him in the competition. Cheat code. pic.twitter.com/qaX6ITOtpM
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A real trigger that fools everyone. The English press fell in love with City’s number 9. the Manchester Evening News gave him the note 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 later added: “Erling Haaland took about six weeks to go from being compared to Darwin Núñez to Lionel Messi. There really was no choice, with the Norwegian scoring goal after goal at a level that English football and even the Champions League have never seen. As Pep Guardiola said before this match, his record is undoubtedly the best for his age. Joleon Lescott, a former City player, is also delighted.
all are 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 excited. “It’s amazing, I’ve never seen anything like this in my life. On the second goal, I was just laughing because he is always there and he always finishes. It is a pleasure to play with him. When I came back after one of his goals, the Copenhagen goalkeeper told me: “this guy is not human”. And I answered yes. He’s amazing and a joy to play with. He is so humble. I hope he can continue in this form and lead us to glory.”.
Pep Guardiola also wants it. The City coach has also denied the rumor that his player has a clause to join Real Madrid more easily in 2024. “This is not true. There is no termination clause for Real Madrid or for any other team. Rumors and people talking, we cannot control them. I always worry about what we can control. The important thing is that he adapted very well. We have a feeling that he is happy here. We will try with him and everyone who wants to stay to make them happy. In the future, nobody knows, but he is happy. He has adapted 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 hat tricks. Of course, if he had played 45 more minutes, 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 will need him to win the Premier League or even the Champions League. At the moment everything is going well since the player with a contract until 2027, who has not closed the door to an experience elsewhere in the future, is going full steam ahead. He is even ahead of his passing times. At the same stage last year, he scored 13 goals for BVB (October 16). In 2020-21, he had scored 5 goals by mid-October.
Ahead is Haaland, who has scored in all of City’s competitions except the Community Shield. This is also because with the World Cup, the clubs have already played more games. But that does not detract from the performance of him, 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 doesn’t seem to have limits, he could seriously get into the race for the Ballon d’Or if he continues at this pace. The Cyborg, who will not participate in the World Cup, will have a voice. Especially since he intends to take the new Norwegian generation and City to the heights. With a good bowl of lasagna in his stomach, anything is possible for Erling Haaland!
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