Haaland joins Man City and hopes to win the derby
After pulling thousands to his presentation on Sunday, Erling Haaland is hoping to follow Sergio Aguero into the hearts of Manchester City supporters.
The former Borussia Dortmund striker has joined as the captain of Pep Guardiola’s City team in its most recent version.
City will trust penalty box predator Haaland in the upcoming season after winning the Premier League title last year while frequently using a “false nine” attacker.
On July 21, Haaland will be 22. He has joined a City team that has not yet achieved its current major goal, which is to win the Champions League.
The new boy will be expected to contribute a flood of goals both domestically and in Europe, and he said: “I’m really looking forward to it. It’s going to be really nice. I’m sure we’re going to have a good time together.
“The expectations for this season is to come into the new team, to get to know everyone of course now and get the connections and have fun. When I have fun, I score goals, I win games, so it’s easy.”
There is good reason for the high expectation that has surrounded Haaland’s arrival. The Norwegian scored 86 goals in 89 appearances in all competitions during two and a half years at Dortmund, with only Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski (123 in 108 games) and Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe (93 in 111 games) from Europe’s top five leagues scoring more in that time.
Haaland had a pace of one goal per 3.6 attempts and converted 65.8% of his big opportunities in 30 games last season, scoring 29 goals on all fronts.
Haaland described his City challenge as “an wonderful team, and we just have to continue and to grow a little bit better.” I just want to communicate that I’m excited about everything.
Alf-Inge Haaland, a former City player, attended the presentation that took place outside the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
My father played here for a few years, so it’s going to be good,” said Haaland. When your father did something and you get to experience some of the same activities, it is always special.
Asked about his idols as a boy, Haaland said: “Of course my dad, but in City I have many jerseys at home from Aguero, so of course him, so from City it was him.
“I love strikers because I’ve always been a striker myself. Aguero’s a good example of scoring goals.”
Argentinian Aguero is City’s record scorer, leaving for Barcelona a year ago after netting 254 goals for the club in a 10-year spell. He has since retired.
City paraded Haaland along with fellow forward Julian Alvarez and new back-up goalkeeper Stefan Ortega on Sunday. They could make their first appearances on the upcoming pre-season trip to the United States.
Kalvin Phillips, who was purchased from Leeds United, was supposed to attend the presentation with them but, according to reports, was ill and couldn’t.
Haaland could not help but express his impatience for derby day when asked which team he was most looking forward to facing. On October 1, City will meet Manchester United.
I must admit that I detest using the phrases, but Manchester United, yes,” remarked Haaland. “I anticipate that we’ll have a great time together.
“Let’s get this pre-season over with quickly and effectively, and I can’t wait to start playing games all the time and the key games,” he said.