Erling Haaland talks about ‘special’ Champions League nights and fascinating ringtone
Erling Haaland has revealed the UEFA Champions League anthem is always his ringtone and says nights in Europe’s top competition are more “special” for him.
After months and months of speculation, Manchester City have finally confirmed the signing of the 21-year-old, who has moved to the Etihad Stadium on a five-year contract. He brings with him an incredible goalscoring pedigree, scoring almost one goal per game at Borussia Dortmund.
The Blues are also hoping the Norwegian will make a difference in key Champions League games. Last season City suffered Champions League heartbreak in the semi-finals. Despite dominating for 178 minutes of the draw, Real Madrid produced a stunning comeback in injury time to extend the game – with Karim Benzema’s penalty sending the eventual champions to Paris.
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During his first interview for the club, Haaland was asked about his outstanding record in the Champions League, where the clinical striker scored 23 goals in just 19 appearances.
Responding to a question about why his record is so good, Haaland said: “I still love the Champions League, so that’s a bit for that. It’s a bit more special in my eyes and I like that.”
There’s no doubt that the Norwegian’s arrival significantly improves City’s chances of claiming European glory. Pep Guardiola has lamented that his side have missed key chances in the past but Haaland’s goalscoring record and sense of danger will be a valuable asset on this front.
Whether he can maintain the same scoring consistency remains to be seen, but his inclusion will give defenders even more danger to manage and the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva a gigantic presence to target.
Despite being such an aerial threat, the striker’s ability to maneuver the ball close to his feet and produce a moment of quick acceleration is perhaps quite underrated in his game. One goal in particular – against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League – showed all his qualities in a quick moment.
Dropping deep to receive the ball, a great turn and run, beating his man and sending the ball into the top corner.
Europe’s biggest stage is made for a player like him, so it’s probably no surprise that Haaland still has the classic Champions League anthem as his ringtone – as confirmed today.
After reaching their first-ever final in 2021 and falling so close to a second in 2022, City will be hoping Haaland is that man to take the next step and finally get their hands on a trophy that has long eluded them.
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