Erling Haaland was in the orbit of Real Madrid and Barcelona, but he leaned towards the option offered by Manchester City. A few hours after his debut in the Premier League against West Ham and after his first official presentation against Liverpool in the Community Shield (victory and title for the ‘Reds’), the striker commented on his first feelings about moving from Germany to England.
From the outset, the gunner was consulted for the incredible action that failed against Anfield: only in front of the goal, he sent the round over the horizontal. “I miss opportunities with my left foot all the time. It happened to me last week. In terms of finishing, I have to improve my left foot, right foot, headers… there are so many things to improve.”He told The Athletic media.
Then, the ‘Cyborg’ focused on his arrival in English football. To do this, a Premier League legend, Alan Shearer, recalled the passing of Alfie Haaland, father of the scorer, by Manchester City. So, based on that detail, the former Newcastle player and World Cup player with the ‘Three Lions’ asked if the father’s influence was decisive for the ‘yes’ to the ‘Citizens’.
“He just wanted to expose things to me in the best possible way, since in the end, it’s about me, my feelings and how I see myself at this club”detailed the former Borussia Dortmund about his father’s role in the movement. “It was the only thing that drove me”said the player who has scored 20 times with the Norway national team shirt.
What’s more, to clarify, Erling narrated that he played a joke on Alfie about the number of goals he scored in the Liverpool field. “Just FYI, I’ve scored at Anfield before you, so I’ve scored more goals at Anfield than you.”, said. This when the ‘9’ celebrated with the Austrian Salzburg shirt in the Champions League.
Premier League challenge and Pep Guardiola
Haaland understands that as well as Manchester City fans, everyone who follows the Premier League is watching him. In that sense, the striker knows the demands of playing in one of the most important leagues in the world. “There is pressure, but in my head it is about going out onto the field with the biggest smile and trying to enjoy the game”held.
To close, the 22-year-old athlete pointed out how he experiences working with Pep Guardiola. “She is demanding in her instructions, about what to do and do it 100%. It does not matter if it is a basic running exercise, you have to do it 100%, just like you do in a match. You play like you train, as easy as that”.