60 million euros. While Manchester City have often been criticized for spending more than € 1.5 billion on the transfer market, the Cityzens have perhaps made one of the best investments in their recent history. Having recruited Erling Haaland (22) at this price seems for the moment the heist of the century. For a long time, City impressed in their game, but badly missed a real goal, especially after Sergio Agüero’s departure. A defect that has often been noticed in the money time of the Champions League. With Haaland in his ranks, Pep Guardiola can now smile. Especially since the transplant took off quickly.
In the Premier League, the Norwegian has already scored 10 goals in 6 games. Yesterday, for his Champions League debut with his new club, the Scandinavian offered a brace against Sevilla (4-0). XXL debut illustrated by two stats. Haaland became the first player in competition history to score 25 goals after his first 20 appearances in the competition. Finally, with 12 goals scored since the start of this 2022/2023 season, the City’s number 9 scored half of the goals scored by Riyad Mahrez last season in just over a month. And the Algerian was the top scorer of his team in 2021/2022. Everything is said.
A Haaland record
When questioned at the press conference, Guardiola had a big smile when talking about his striker. “I like this routine, because it becomes one, to come and talk about him and his goals at every press conference. I hope he can continue this routine, but the numbers speak for themselves. It’s not just two goals, there’s still … We always have the feeling that he could score more. Julian Alvarez played, 15, 20 minutes and even had a chance. I’ve said it many times, we have two incredible strikers. “
Finally, his official ball supplier, Kevin De Bruyne, also appreciated his teammate’s performance. But the Belgian believes Haaland can be even more impressive. “I think the way he has adapted to our team is very good, but beyond the goals there is another part of the game. And it’s that part that is difficult to accept, so that makes it even more exciting. he manages to adapt to the way we play, his level will go up even more. His debut was perfect. “ The best is yet to come.