Haaland has his eyes set on Champions League glory at Man City

Haaland has his eyes set on Champions League glory at Man City

Erling Haaland is determined to take Manchester City over the line in their “favourite tournament” the Champions League this season as the Norwegian superstar was unveiled by the Premier League champions on Sunday.

The 21-year-old was greeted by around 5,000 adoring City fans at the Etihad Stadium and was quick to deliver on his promise to help deliver more trophies after signing from Borussia Dortmund for a reported £60million euros (£51 million, $63). million).

Haaland had his pick of Europe’s top clubs thanks to a buyout clause below his market value and a stunning record of 86 goals in 89 games for Dortmund.

His statistics at Champions League level are even more impressive with 23 goals in just 19 appearances for Salzburg and Dortmund.

City have won four Premier League titles in the last five seasons under Pep Guardiola, but European football’s biggest prize has kept hinting at it.

“The Champions League is my favorite competition so I think you have the answer there,” Haaland said of whether he can make a difference when it matters in Europe.

Despite his goalscoring record, Haaland only won one trophy, the 2021 German Cup, during his time at Dortmund.

“Sometimes I see players post pictures with a trophy and I think ‘I wish I was you right now,'” he added.

“I just have to keep working hard and hopefully in the future I will lift some trophies.”

Haaland has an emotional connection to City as his father Alf-Inge played for the club between 2000 and 2003.

He said it was the experience of facing Guardiola’s juggernaut in the Champions League quarter-finals last year that convinced him City should be his next destination.

“You can watch from the TV, but when you’re actually there, you feel better,” Haaland said.

“I didn’t touch the ball for 25 minutes. I was like ‘please (Ilkay) Gundogan, stop playing tiki-taka’.

“It’s a different level. How they approach the game, how they play, that’s what I want to be a part of.”

– Haaland a ‘monster’ –

City also unveiled other new signings: Argentina striker Julian Alvarez and Germany goalkeeper Stefan Ortega on Sunday.

The deal to bring Alvarez to Manchester was completed in January, but he remained on loan at River Plate and equaled a Copa Libertadores record by scoring six goals in a single game in May.

Haaland’s arrival is likely to block the 22-year-old’s path to playing time as a centre-forward, but said he was happy to play on the forward line.

Gabriel Jesus has already left City to join Arsenal and Raheem Sterling is close to signing for Chelsea which could provide Alvarez with more opportunities in a wide area.

“I know Erling is a great player. He scored a lot of goals, but I came to do my thing,” Alvarez said. “I can play in different positions.”

Ortega will provide support for first-choice goalkeeper Ederson after joining on a free transfer.

Haaland failed to score against Ortega during their time together in the Bundesliga, but former Arminia stopper Bielefied hailed the Norwegian’s physical development as a ‘monster’.

“His transformation is outstanding,” Ortega said. “When I first played him he was kind of a skinny kid.

“Now he’s a monster with that size, that speed, that quality in shots and headers. He’s the complete package of what you can get.”

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