Haaland details Guardiola chat after Man City boss’ Messi favour
Manchester City striker Erling Haaland has revealed what he told Pep Guardiola after he was substituted against RB Leipzig. The Norwegian had scored five goals and was on course to break a record shared by Lionel Messi.
Haaland netted five times in the space of 35 minutes to put City through to the Champions League quarter-final in emphatic fashion. There were still 33 minutes of normal time remaining when he scored his fifth.
He had become just the third player in the competition’s history to score five, after Messi and Brazilian striker Luiz Adriano. Haaland was on the brink of becoming the first-ever player to score six in a Champions League game.
However, Guardiola did his former player Messi a favour by taking the 22-year-old off in the 63rd minute. Haaland joined the BT Sport pundits after the match.
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And he admitted he told Guardiola he wished he had stayed on. He said: “Yeah, I told him when I went off I would love to score a double hat-trick but what can we do? I had to go off. Exactly [I’ve got to stay hungry] of course.”
Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne scored the other goals on the night as City ran out 7-0 winners, 8-1 on aggregate. Haaland was delighted with the result but admitted he could not remember each of his goals.
He added: “It’s a big night. First of all, to play Champions League, I love this competition as everybody knows. Five goals, to win 7-0 at home, I’m so happy.
“If I’m honest I’m a bit blurry in my head so I don’t remember the goals, I just remember shooting and don’t think, to be honest. I’m so tired as well after the celebrations.”
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Haaland also conceded he didn’t have time to think about many of his five goals. The penalty which got City underway was the furthest out of his five goals in terms of distance from the Leipzig net.
He continued: “A lot of the goals today I wasn’t thinking, I was just trying to get the ball into the back of the net.
“The penalty, same with the second goal, same with the third goal, same with every goal. I didn’t think with every single goal.
“A lot of it is being quick in the mind and trying to do the right thing – trying to put it where the ‘keeper is not. A little bit is quality but a lot of it is in the head.”
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