Even Pep Guardiola can’t seem to get over it. After another double from his striker Erling Haaland this Wednesday evening against Copenhagen, three days after scoring a hat-trick against Manchester United, the Spanish coach turned to his bench, all smiles, seeming to indicate: « Damn, but which player we recruited…« . With five goals in the Champions League, the Norwegian took the opportunity to take the lead in the scoring charts.
« The opposing goalkeeper asked me if he (Haaland, editor’s note) was human… », revealed Jack Grealish on the microphone of BT Sport after the meeting. « In all my life, I’ve never seen such a thing« , added the British international, also incredulous at the performance of his teammate. Upon returning from the locker room, Pep Guardiola, who denied a possible clause in the player’s contract for a departure to Real Madrid, chose to preserve his attacker, replaced by the young Cole Palmer, 20 years old.
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But the 45 minutes spent on the lawn by Haaland further allowed him to improve his already maddening statistics. The month of October has barely started when Haaland already has 19 goals on the clock, 14 in the Premier League and now 5 in the Champions League. « His stats are scary« , Guardiola said after Haaland’s hat-trick on Sunday. They are likely to continue to be so for quite some time.
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