Erling Haaland calls Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola a ‘football FREAK’ after becoming familiar with his tactics… as the Norwegian hitman continues to thrive under the Spaniard’s ‘complicated system’.
- Manchester City’s Erling Haaland called Pep Guardiola a “football fanatic”
- The 22-year-old has thrived under the Spanish manager’s ‘complicated’ setup.
- The Norwegian star has scored 12 goals in just eight games so far this season
Erling Haaland has branded Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola a “football fanatic”, praising the Spaniard’s “complicated” tactical approach so far this season.
Fitting effortlessly into the City setup, the 22-year-old superstar has scored two hat-tricks and a total of 12 goals in just eight games, following his £51m summer transfer from Borussia Dortmund in July. .
Despite his record-breaking start to the campaign, Haaland admitted it has taken him a while to fully understand his coach’s demands on the pitch.
Erling Haaland described Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola as a “football fanatic”.
The Norwegian star has thrived under Guardiola, scoring 12 goals in just eight games so far.
Eager to draw parallels between his approach to soccer and Guardiola’s, Haaland told Telemundo Deportes: “I think he’s a bit of a soccer fanatic like me.
“We both love football and yes he was a player now he’s a manager and yes he’s crazy about football and this is something I like because he thinks of everything in football, and how you can do things better, and this is what i like about [him].
‘It’s been good so far [settling in]. You can see with the goals and how we have been playing.
“It’s a really complicated system and I’ve been going to the team and trying to get it. [the tactics] as fast as I can because there is no time.
He scored consecutive hat-tricks against Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest in August.
I can’t waste my time doing anything else. So I’ve been trying to get into the team as fast as possible. It’s a good system, a really complicated system, but it’s really good.’
Haaland scored twice on his Premier League debut against West Ham before providing an assist in Man City’s 4-0 win against Bournemouth.
Since then, the Norwegian hitman has scored 10 in his last five games in all competitions, scoring back-to-back hat-tricks against Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest and, most recently, a brace against Sevilla in the Champions League.
Haaland admitted it took him a while to fully understand Guardiola’s ‘complicated’ setup.
Haaland added: “I love the Champions League. I have to say this. Everybody knows this and yes, it’s a big dream for me.
‘Yes, when I wake up every morning, I hear this song [Champions League anthem].
“It’s my favorite competition and I’ve always liked the Champions League.”