Erling Haaland showed his colossal presence, bulldozer power, speed and intelligence as Manchester City’s goal passed his Etihad audition during Borussia Dortmund’s loss to the Champions League quarter-final.
- Erling Haaland made an impression on Tuesday evening during the Champions League clash
- The Norwegian set up Marcos Reus for Dortmund’s equalizer with a nimble touch
- Haaland showed his colossal presence, bulldozer power and speed
- Manchester City is one of the clubs associated with the striker
This was not the first time Erling Haaland stepped into the Etihad Stadium. Actually not even close. Four years ago, he attended Phil Foden’s senior debut. Manchester City beat Feyenoord that night, Haaland studying with his father Alfie Sergio Aguero.
If things fall into place – and that’s still a big if – the pair could pass each other at the revolving doors of the training ground. City certainly hope so.
There are 55 days between him and Foden, the 20-year-olds who could take over the world in the next decade. Maybe they do it together.
Manchester City are among the clubs associated with striker Erling Haaland
This is a handover story that has it all, even if it hasn’t developed into a saga yet. During the agent’s tour of Spain last week, the plethora of managers – including Pep Guardiola – made themselves uncomfortable with questions about a young striker whose skill they cannot rightly downplay with a straight face, but also cannot admit to Borussia Dortmund. want to take their hands away.
And then there was the £ 2,000 sky blue Louis Vuitton backpack that Haaland was wearing when he entered the Lowry Hotel.
Perhaps nothing but it adds to the intrigue surrounding the Norwegian international and it has been quite some time since anyone at this age was so prolific.
Taking on City – his father’s former club and for which he was once a member of the Scandinavian fan industry on Facebook – added mystique.
The Dortmund attacker wiped off City defender Ruben Dias while running on goal
Haaland was refused in the second half on Tuesday-evening by City goalkeeper Ederson
Guardiola was wary of what Haaland could produce, City’s biggest defensive goal of cutting off the supply.
He may be on the longest goalless run since his 18-year-old days at Molde – a whopping four games – but is giving up chances and will happily punish the best defense on the continent. Haaland is so explosive that a loss of concentration leads to disaster.
It was interesting to observe the different facets of Haaland’s play, which occupy both Ruben Dias and John Stones.
Jude Bellingham seemed most likely to benefit, and a diagonal off-the-ball run by his forward sent City’s back two equally dizzy. The pace and power with which he beat Dias right after half time, hitting the center halfway with bulldozers before a clever Ederson rescue would see a force of nature.
Haaland was at the Etihad when Phil Foden made his Manchester City debut four years ago
It can explode and very few can match its colossal presence as well as its speed. There is also the highest intelligence, a beautiful flick around the corner for Marco Reus’ equalizing goal when Stones gave up.
He is determined and has always moved for sporting reasons. Red Bull Salzburg was smart after Molde; Dortmund smarter after that. Still, he’s ready for more and Dortmund’s precarious position in the Bundesliga simplifies matters.
If they fail to make it to the Champions League, it will be much more difficult to keep Haaland – taking into account not only their finances, but also his ambition.